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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.

One Man Who Made a Difference

Today, February 21, is the Feast of Saint Peter Damian St. Peter Damian, Monk, Bishop, Cardinal and Great Reformer, is probably the least well known of the Doctors of the Church. We celebrate his feast day in the Church on February 21, the anniversary of his death. He was born in the year 1007 in Ravenna, Italy, the youngest child …

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A Miracle . . . On an Ordinary Winter's Day Like Today.

  On a cold winter day, probably not that much different than today, a young French girl named Bernadette made her way, with two young friends, to the edge of her village to gather some wood for kindling along the banks of the river which ran next to the village. While the two younger girls took of their shoes and waded …

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Out of Africa – A Saint for Our Times

Today, February 8, is the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita. Although her story begins nearly 140 years ago, it resonates with us today – especially as we consider the terrible conditions in central and east Africa in our own time. St. Josephine Bakhita was born to a wealthy family in Sudan in 1869. She could not recall the name given to …

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The Dumb Ox and the Angelic Doctor

Today, January 28, is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas St. Thomas Aquinas was born early in the year 1225 in the castle of Roccasecca, near Naples, his father being the Count of Aquino. When he was about 5 years old his parents placed him in the Abbey school at Monte Cassino, where the future Saint and Doctor of the …

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The Greatest Conversion Story Ever Told?

Today is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle. In honor of this feast day, here are two readings – one from one of St. Paul's letters and the other from St. John Chrysostom – from the Liturgy of the Hours. A Reading from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 1:11 – 24 – “The fact is, …

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A Gentleman and a Hero of Our Faith

Today, January 24, is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales  The Gentleman Saint . . . St. Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva and Doctor of the Church, was born in 1567 to a wealthy family in Savoy, the area around where modern France and Switzerland meet, in the years following the Protestant Revolution in Europe. Many people in …

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St. Anthony of the Desert

Today, January 17,  is the Feast day of St. Anthony.  Saint Anthony of the Desert is known as the “Father of the Monastic life.” He was born in the year 251, in Upper Egypt. Hearing at Mass the words, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor,” he gave away all his vast …

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The Question of How to Receive Communion

Very recently a sermon was given about the obligations of the laity in how they posture themselves before receiving communion or while they receive communion, or both.  All I will say about this is that some people heard that one should not present himself for Communion if he is going to genuflect before-hand, or kneel to receive.  I was there, …

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Ashes to ashes

We're carrying ashes for liturgical use now. February 6 is Ash Wednesday and it will be here before you know it! Lent starts very early in 2008. Order here to insure that your parish has ashes on hand for the Ash Wednesday Liturgy.

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