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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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Our Lady and her Seven Sorrows

What are the Seven Sorrows of Mary?

Since the early middle ages, the Church in the West has celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows in mid-September, a devotion to the suffering and spiritual martyrdom of the Blessed Mother of Our Lord. The name Our Lady of Sorrows was first used by the Servites, or the Friar Servants of Mary, an order that was founded in 1233.

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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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10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About St. Augustine

10 Things You Didn't Know About St. Augustine

St. Augustine is one of the greatest and most influential Church Fathers.  His writings have shaped both Catholic and Protestant theology and his greatest work The Confessions is one of the most widely translated, published and read books after the Bible.  Much is known about his life but here are ten facts you might not know about him.  If you …

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Saint Monica – A Mother’s Saintly Patience

Saint Monica - The patience of a mother

St. Augustine and His Mother St. Monica Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Monica, the virtuous mother of the great convert Augustine of Hippo, who was saved through the prayers and persistence of his mother. Tomorrow the Church remembers St. Augustine himself. These two saints give much hope to many people – those who are praying for a family …

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