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A Tourist’s View of St. Mary Major Roman Basilica

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August 5th is the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome (Santa Maria Maggiore), also known as Our Lady of the Snows. It is one of four major (papal) basilicas, and Rome’s largest and most important church dedicated to Saint Mary.

It is already a major tourist destination, but now even more so as Pope Francis often visits there to pray before an icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the most important and precious image of Mary for the people or Rome, just as he did following his election and before his trip to the Holy Land. This icon of Mary is said to have been painted by St. Luke himself. Continue reading


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The Virgin Martyrs as Models of Purity

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In our society the virtue of purity seems “old fashioned” or “prudish” to many. There is very little today that is considered scandalous. Sadly, our culture has mainstreamed many things that would have been considered improper, impure and unacceptable in days gone by.

Bombarded with sexualized images and content for so long, people are now desensitized to impurity. Unfortunately, this includes our impressionable young girls and our maturing young women. They no longer recognize many inappropriate and obscene things as offensive.

The virtue of Purity consists of much more than sexuality, but as we strive to raise children and grandchildren whose values and convictions reflect the heart of God, representing sexual purity becomes more challenging every day. Especially against the backdrop of our disordered culture.

In a culture where impurity assaults us, the Church offers many models of virtue to us and to our young women. They stand in stark contrast to the feminine role models offered to us by the disordered world.

Here are the inspiring stories of four virgin martyrs who suffered death rather than compromise their purity: Continue reading


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Watch How We Make Our Personalized Prayer Cards

Prayer cards are an important part of Catholic devotion and tradition. The small, devotional pictures depicting a religious scene or saint can be mass-produced and distributed among the faithful. They are a popular and practical way to encourage people to pray and live out their faith. Continue reading


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Praying Through Lent: Psalm 51

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Psalm 51 is the famous psalm of King David that he composed after being rebuked by the prophet Nathan for his adultery with Bathsheba.  It is a lament “a passionate expression of grief,” and one of the seven penitential psalms … Continue reading


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St. Patrick’s Breastplate

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              I bind unto myself today The strong Name of the Trinity, By invocation of the same, The Three in One and One in Three. I bind this day to me for ever. By … Continue reading


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Here at the Catholic Company we love what we do. . .  providing a great online Catholic shopping experience to Catholics all over the world.  We strive to deliver the best Catholic gifts and books and the best customer service … Continue reading


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