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Ian

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.

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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Announcing An Exciting New Catholic Audio Book Selection at Aquinas and More

A wonderful new line of reasonably priced Catholic audio books has just hit the market. For years we have had many requests for more Catholic books available in large print or in an audio format.  Its been frustrating because very few titles are available in large print and the audio offerings have been slim. Most of the audio books have …

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The Story of Oplatki – A Beautiful Christmas Tradition from Eastern Europe

A Beautiful and Inspiring Christmas Tradition from Eastern Europe Among Catholic families in Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the start of the traditional Wigilia (Christmas Eve Vigil) meal begins with Oplatki, Oblatky, or Plotkele, a thin Communion-like rectangular wafer made of unleavened bread and stamped with different Christmas symbols. Some families call it the “bread of Love” and it is …

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Art and Architecture of Greece.

Last week was my class trip to Greece in which we took a whirlwind tour of many of the ancient Greek cities and sites. We visited, Olympia, Delphi, Athens and other cities. Since we had to take a ferry to Greece, we drove from Rome down to the port city of Bari, which is located close to the heel of …

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Announcing the Aquinas and More Special Offer for October

Our Special Offer for October is finally here! 4 wonderful Chant CDs for a whopping 40% off! The collection includes a Gregorian Chant CD from the Monastery of Silos in Spain, a Chant anthology from St. Michael's Abbey, a Byzantine Chant collection from the Caucasus Region, and a CD of music composed in the Middle Ages by Hildegard von Bingen! …

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Msgr. Ronald Knox: Convert, Apologist, Scholar and a Priest of Heroic Modesty

This week we continue our monthly series highlighting virtuous priests for the jubilee Year of the Priest. As you will read, Msgr. Ronald Knox, a convert and apologist, is an inspiration to all of us! A difficult conversion. Born the son of an Anglican bishop in 1888, it is no surprise that his journey to Catholicism took nearly thirty years.  …

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October and the Rosary – A Message for Today

October is here. The Church has dedicated this month to the Holy Rosary, the great Marian prayer of the Church. We thought it especially appropriate to take the time to share this background information with you as the month begins. Tradition holds that October has been celebrated as the month of the rosary since 1571, and the victory of the …

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Update on the Last Rome Post

I posted my last Architecture of Rome blog yesterday, and because my school's internet connection is unreliable, the post did not include the pictures.  I was finally able to add them to the post this evening.  Enjoy.

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Art and Architecture of Rome

Last week I unfortunately was unable to do my weekly post on Rome's churches. This week I continue with a special edition from Barcelona, Spain. There is only one gothic church in the entire city of Rome – Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and it is not recognizable as a gothic church until you enter, so I have been anxious to …

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