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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.

Our Interview with Msgr. Charles Murphy, author of "The Spirituality of Fasting"

We recently had the opportunity to interview Msgr. Charles Murphy of the Diocese of Portland in Maine about his new book The Spirituality of Fasting. The subject of fasting is not only timely as we approach the season of Lent, it is also an important and ancient Christian spiritual discipline which has application throughout the year. We hope you enjoy …

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There Might Be Something Very Important Missing From Your Catholic Library

The Sources of Catholic Dogma by Fr. Heinrich Denzinger Most Catholics would agree that every Catholic library simply must have copies of the Sacred Scriptures and the Catechism. If you had to name the third most important book to add, what would it be? A Bible dictionary or concordance perhaps? A great spiritual classic? For many well-known Catholic scholars and …

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Our Interview with Amy Welborn, author of "Come Meet Jesus"

We recently had the opportunity to interview well-known Catholic author Amy Welborn, one of our favorite authors writing today, about her new book Come Meet Jesus which has just been released by Word Among Us Press. Amy is the author of 17 books on prayer, the saints, apologetics, and church history. She's also one of the most popular and well-respected …

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Our Interview with Lisa Hendey, author of the Handbook for Catholic Moms

We recently had the opportunity to interview Lisa Hendey, the author of the wonderful new book The Handbook for Catholic Moms from Ave Maria Press. Lisa is also the creator of the www.catholicmom.com website which is a favorite of Catholic moms everywhere! Our interview with Lisa: Many of our customers know your name from the Catholicmom.com website. Can you give …

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Our Interview with Taylor Marshall, author of The Crucified Rabbi

We recently had the opportunity to interview Taylor Marshall concerning his new book The Crucified Rabbi. The book is getting rave reviews and the subject matter is extremely interesting. As we approach the holy season of Lent, there is no better time than the present to get a copy of this wonderful new book! Our interview: Taylor, can you give …

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Art and Architecture of Rome – A final treat

Close to the end of my european excursion, I visited the abbey of Monte Cassino.  Located just 80 miles south of Rome, the abbey is perched on a mountain overlooking the town of Cassino.  Throughout history the abbey was sacked or destroyed several times.  The most recent destruction took place during WWII, when the allies bombed the abbey to the …

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Art and Architecture of Rome – A Renaissance Treasure

One of the most well known neighborhoods in Rome is Trastevere, which houses the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the oldest churches in Rome. The neighborhood is also home to the Janiculum Hill, where people of the early renaissance thought that Saint Peter had been martyred. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain built a chapel above …

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Art and Architecture of the Baroque

The Protestant Reformation had many causes. These varied from the abuses of indulgences in the Church to the opulence of the popes during the Renaissance period, as well as the politically motivated art commissioned during the period. Once the split occurred, questions were raised about how the Church should handle the extravagance of the Renaissance. Some Church leaders believed that …

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Merry Christmas From Aquinas and More (and a Bunch of Dead Guys)

As we celebrate the Birth of Our Lord and Savior, we share with you some wisdom from the Early Church Fathers for this great feast. This Christmas night bestowed peace on the whole world – So let no one threaten; This is the night of the Most Gentle One – Let no one be cruel; This is the night of …

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German Sacred Architecture

I would imagine that when people think of German sacred architecture, they would think of gothic spires and arches soaring above them.  While this is a main theme in Germany, not every church in the country is like this.  This is the exact case in Berlin.  As an overall city, Berlin is extremely modern and does not show very many …

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