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8 Things You May Not Know About Good Friday

8 Things you may not know about Good Friday

It is Good Friday. The day of the Crucifixion. If you haven't seen the movie The Passion of Christ, we recommend it as a solemn preparation for the Good Friday Stations and Service. Here are eight bits of history and tradition about this most somber of days on the liturgical calendar.

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Aquinas and More is Moving!

Four years ago we moved our family to Fort Collins so I could take on the role of Operations Manager for the distribution center that shipped Ignatius Press and Magnificat books. I brought Aquinas and More along with me. Since then, the owner, Neil McCaffrey, decided to retire and Ignatius and Magnificat agreed to move their operations to Illinois to …

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#TBT Why have a Saint Joseph Table?

Why have a Saint Joseph Table?

It’ll soon be that time of year when people all over will gather around their televisions to watch that classic movie, The Quiet Man. But we’ll talk about St. Patrick and things Irish another day. Today we’re going to focus on a feast day that tends to be especially dear to our Italian brothers and sisters, but which we all have a reason to celebrate. It’s the feast day of the original “quiet man”—St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father to the Son of God. The month of March is traditionally dedicated to Saint Joseph with his feast day falling on March 19th.

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Five tips for being a dad like Saint Joseph

Five ways to be like Saint Joseph as a Father

Any man who’s a father looks at himself in the mirror every once in a while and wonders, “How did God ever decide that I was up to this job?” Now, imagine being St. Joseph. He probably didn’t come across his reflection all that often, and it’s a good thing. He woke up every morning knowing that he was responsible for the well-being of both the Son of God and the Mother of God. If he had a mirror, he would have spent so much time staring at it in disbelief people may have mistaken him for a narcissist.

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Five things you should know about Saint Patrick

5 things to know about St. Patrick

Today is the Feast of Saint Patrick! One of the best known and most beloved saints, Saint Patrick is the patron of Ireland and the subject of many stories. He was influential in evangelizing the island of Ireland and became a bishop. He was born in Britain to Roman citizens, but captured by Irish slavers. After escaping, he became a cleric and eventually returned to Ireland to continue God's work.

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A rose vestment by any other name… What is Laetare Sunday?

Laetare Sunday Sale

“Laetare” comes from a line in the Latin liturgy for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, "Laetare Jerusalem" which means, “Rejoice, Jerusalem!” Since the fourth Sunday falls toward the middle of Lent, it’s a day set aside as “Laetare Sunday” to remember the joy that is coming on Easter Sunday. Once upon a time, the pope would bless golden roses at this time of year, which were sent to Catholic heads of state; that’s where the tradition of rose vestments seems to have originated. Many a priest wishes they had gone for the gold, but they didn’t. Sorry, guys.

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