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Ian Rutherford is the President and founder of AquinasAndMore.com, one of the largest and oldest on-line Catholic stores. He lives with his lovely wife and eleven kids in northern Colorado.

Saint Isidore, Patron of Farmers

Saint Isidore the Farmer

St. Isidore was born in about 1070 to a poor, but devout family. At a very young age, Isidore hired himself out as a farmer to a wealthy Madrilenian landowner named Juan de Vargas.

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Monthly Catholic Devotions of the Church Year

Each month of the year is dedicated to a particular devotion within the Catholic faith; the dedication of each month is based on historical events or a particular aspect of the liturgical calendar, or a combination of the two. These monthly Catholic devotions do not line up exactly with the time frame of the liturgical calendar, since they are fixed …

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What is the Divine Mercy?

What is Divine Mercy Sunday?

On February 22nd, 1931 Jesus appeared to a young Polish nun. He was dressed in a white garment and had one hand raised in blessing and the other at His breast. From His chest flowed rays, one in red and the others in light shades. He asked Sr. Faustina to reproduce the image of Him just as she saw it with the words "Jesus I Trust in You" to be written below His feet.

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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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Who is the father of modern education?

Jean Baptiste de La Salle

Also known as the “father of modern education,” Jean Baptiste de La Salle was born at Reims in April, 1651 to a wealthy French family. He was deeply involved with his Catholic faith early on: at age eleven he received the tonsure (the shaving of some or all of the hair off the scalp as a form of religious devotion or humility) and became the Canon of Reims Cathedral at sixteen. De La Salle was ordained a priest when he was 27 and then received a doctorate in theology two years later.

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

Laetare Sunday

“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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Why sacrifice during Lent?

Why Sacrifice for Lent?

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, and the start of the Lenten Season. As we all know, this is a day of fasting, abstinence, and contemplation. With the ashes of last year's palms, we remember our bodies' mortality and our souls' penitence in Christ's memory. When we are told to remember that "Man is dust, and to dust you shall return", we are reminded of our dependence upon God for our souls' eternal life in Heaven, and the fallibility of our Free Will.

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