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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.

Oh, When the Saints

Communion of 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 300s so many Christians were killed that it became impossible to create separate memorials for each so joint memorials became common.

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Caught! Trying to get martyred by Moors

Teresa of Avila

Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila! A very well-known saint and a Doctor of the Church, St. Teresa is perhaps most famous as one of the co-founders of the Discalced Carmelites, along with Saint John of the Cross and her many books, including The Interior Castle. However, she was alive during a very tumultuous period of history, and had a much more colorful life than many realize:

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7 Things You Might Not Know about One of the Most Important Naval Battles in History

Sinking of an Ottoman Ship

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary! While it is widely known that October is the month of the Rosary, and it stands to reason that the month should kick off with this feast day, the real story behind the establishment of Our Lady of the Rosary has a very colorful history. It has gone through name changes, date changes, and has its roots in one of the most pivotal battles ever fought. Read on for some of the stunning background of this important feast day:

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Our Lady of Ransom and the White Scapular

Our Lady of Ransom and the White Scapular

What does it mean to ransom? To ransom is to obtain the release of a prisoner by payment of exchange. Applied to our faith, we read in 1 Timothy 2:5-6: "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time".. Overall, the understanding of this passage is that that the language of 'payment' and 'ransom' is metaphorical way of saying that Christ has done all things necessary to save and redeem mankind enslaved.

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What Are Sacramentals?

What is a sacramental

Sacramentals – What Are They and Why Are They Sacramentals are a deeply-rooted presence in the lives of Catholics – rosaries, holy water, scapulars, medals, devotions. Yet many people do not understand this aspect of the Catholic Faith. To some, sacramentals seem like an array of meaningless trinkets and gestures; to others, they seem like talismans and superstitions. Of course …

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Catholic Fathers’ Day Gift Ideas

Fathers' Day Gift Ideas

With Father’s Day just around the corner, finding the perfect gift for Dad is on everyone’s mind. Whether the Dad in your life is a new father with baby, or a grandfather spoiling the next generation, Aquinas has gift ideas for every Dad.

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Happy Birthday, Catholic Church!

Happy Birthday, it's Pentecost.

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance…

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