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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.

St. Martin of Tours Day and Veterans’ Day

Saint Martin of Tours Feast Day

Today is Saint Martin's Day! Also known as Martinmas, Saint Martin's Day has long been an important feast in the Church. Traditionally marking the end of autumn and the harvest season, Saint Martin's Day originally began a period of forty days of fasting, like Lent. That season was eventually shortened into Advent as we know it now, but Saint Martin's Day still remains a major feast around the world, and has many colorful traditions associated with it.

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A Feast Day for the Mother Church

A Birthday for Saint John Lateran

When most people think about churches in Rome, the first one that immediately jumps to mind is the world-famous Saint Peter's basilica. The heart of Vatican City, it is the most visible location in the Catholic Church. What most people don't know, however, is that Saint Peter's isn't the “highest-ranking” church in Rome. That honor goes to the Archbasilica of …

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Theology of All Souls Day

The Theology of All Souls Day

All Souls Day isn't as old as the Feast of All Saints but does date back more than 1000 years. The feast is celebrated to pray for the souls in Purgatory.

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Do you have a saint in training? Enter our photo contest!

Saints in Training Photo Contest

It's that time again! We know you have adorable pictures of your kids dressed as saints. We'd like to put them on display in our annual photo contest. Enter and your child could win one of two $25 gift certificates to Aquinas and More. Here's how to enter: Go here to enter your photo: http://s.heyo.com/a641c9 We'll collect entries until November 15th. …

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History of All Saints Day

History of All Saints Day

Early History of Memorials for Martyrs and Saints From the earliest days of the Church, Christians venerated martyrs on the anniversary of their deaths by celebrating Mass on their tombs. Over the next few centuries relics began to be transferred between dioceses and memorials for several martyrs were celebrated in common. During the persecutions of Diocletian in the early 300's …

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St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Sacred Heart

St. Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart

Look at this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My Divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth.” – from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque's vision of Jesus On October 16th, the Church honors and remembers the life of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, known as Marguerite-Marie …

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Our Lady’s Victory at the Battle of Lepanto

Our Lady of Victory and the Battle of Lepanto

"Scarlet running over on the silvers and the golds, breaking of the hatches up and bursting of the holds, thronging of the thousands up that labour under sea white for bliss and blind for sun and stunned for liberty. Vivat Hispania! Domino Gloria! Don John of Austria has set his people free!" - from Lepanto by G.K. Chesterton.

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A Guide to Catholic Books and Bibles: Tips on Teaching Children about Catholicism

Catholic-guide-to-catholic books and bibles for children

As Catholics, we rely on a great number of important texts to guide and inform our faith. Ask any strong Catholic leader you know about their collection of catholic books and they’ll surely show you dozens of books including the Bible, catechisms, Canon Law books, lives of saints, and more. Learning is a lifelong pursuit of the faith-seeker, and it’s …

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What Do You Know About Guardian Angels?

Guardian Angels

Today, October 2, is the Feast of the Guardian Angels “How great the dignity of the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it.” – St. Jerome, 4th century October 2 is the Feast of Guardian Angels, but how much do we know about guardian angels? In recent years, two things have happened. Outside of …

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