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October 18 is the Feast of Saint Luke, the Evangelist

Saint Luke Feast Day

Who was Saint Luke? “Saint Luke was a native of Syrian Antioch, a Disciple from amongst the Seventy, a companion of the holy Apostle Paul (Phil 1:24, 2 Tim 4:10-11), and a physician enlightened in the Greek medical arts. Hearing about Christ, St. Luke arrived in Palestine and here he fervently accepted the preaching of salvation from the Lord Himself. …

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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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October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi is the most “popular” saint in the Church, if any can or should be called such. The religious order(s) he founded went on to become the largest in the history of the Church. St. Francis' impact on the Church, and on the world, has been enormous. Beyond all the over-sentimentalization of this truly holy man, the garden statues, …

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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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The Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux is October 1st

Therese of Lisieux

If we think of the great missionary Saints, many names will probably come to mind: Francis Xavier, Isaac Jogues, perhaps Mother Teresa, and certainly St. Paul. One of the ironies of our Faith, however, is that if we look for the patroness of missionaries, we will find a Saint who spent her entire adult life in a convent in France: St. Therese of Lisieux, the …

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Who is St. Michael the Archangel?

Who is Saint Michael

Devotion to Michael the Archangel is one of the oldest devotions of the Church; indeed, his roles in God's divine plan date back before the Incarnation. It was St. Michael who led God's army against Lucifer and the other rebellious fallen angels, St. Michael who guards the Catholic Church and her pope, and St. Michael who, at God's commands will reprise his role against the Antichrist in the End Times.

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A Cross Grown from Adam’s Mouth – The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Exaltation of the Cross

Every Christian and non-Christian alike knows that Our Lord carried the cross through Jerusalem, and if you've ever said the Stations of the Cross then you probably know that Simon of Cyrene was coerced into helping Him for part of the way. What you might not know is that the True Cross would one-day be carried through the streets again on the back of the Holy Roman Emperor.

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September is the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows

“Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, "This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too." Luke 2:34-35

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