Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Prophetic Vision of St. John Bosco: The Two Columns

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January 31st is the feast day of St. John Bosco.  John Bosco (also called Don Bosco after his ordination) was a Catholic priest who lived in Italy in the 19th century. He is most famous for his work with troubled, … Continue reading

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A Look At Holy Cards

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One of the most interesting traditions in the Catholic culture is certainly holy cards. As a cradle Catholic I grew up with holy cards . . . Continue reading

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Understanding the 7 Sacraments: The Big Picture

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Do you know what a sacrament is? Do you know how many there are? Can you name them? Do you know what they do? These are important questions that every Catholic should be able to answer. If it’s a bit fuzzy or confusing, here is a short primer that will help lay out the big picture of our relationship to the sacraments and what they do for us. Continue reading

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January 28: The Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas

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January 28 is the feast day of perhaps the greatest intellect of the Catholic Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, known as the Angelic Doctor due to his purity of mind and body. He gave up a life of nobility and wealth to be a poor Dominican friar, at the time a new religious order, much to the consternation of his family.

One biographer notes that prior to St. Thomas Aquinas’ birth a holy hermit prophesied to his mother about her unborn child,

“He will enter the Order of Friars Preachers, and so great will be his learning and sanctity that in his day no one will be found to equal him.” Continue reading

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St. Francis de Sales & the Devout Christian Life

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January 24 is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales.  He was an amazing man who gave up a life of comfort and wealth to be a priest, and who ended up being driven by his own quiet zeal … Continue reading

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Top 5 RCIA Gifts: What Every New Catholic Should Have

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Easter is coming soon, and as you know one of the things that makes this feast day so special is all the catechumens and candidates who’ve gone through the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) will be received … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Promise for Praying with a Crucifix

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I recently posted an article called Praying with a Crucifix Like a Saint where I talked about how praying with a crucifix can be a great aid to enhancing and deepening your prayer life. This was a common practice for many (probably most) of the saints, and several of them actually had significant mystical experiences with Christ through their devotional use of a crucifix. Continue reading

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New Years Resolutions for the Year of Faith

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In October of 2012 the Holy Father initiated a special papal Year of Faith that runs through the end of November 2013. The vision of this move, in the words of the Holy Father, “We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope.” By announcing the Year of Faith, the Pope is trying to combat the spiritual plagues of our time that he has repeatedly warned against, secularism, poor catechesis, and religious indifference, by encouraging Catholics to learn and live their faith in public. Continue reading

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Jesus and the Sacrament of Baptism

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  The Feast of Jesus’ Baptism is celebrated on the Sunday after Epiphany on the Latin Rite liturgical calendar.  This is the eighth day in the octave of the Epiphany and the final day of the Christmas season. On this … Continue reading

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Best Selling Catholic Gifts of 2012

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January is the time of year when all the “Best-of” lists from 2012 come out, so we thought we’d try or hand at one too. Currently The Catholic Company has over 20,000 of the most loved Catholic gifts, and we’ve painstakingly gone through the sales from 2012 in order to let you know who is buying what, or rather, what all the whos are buying. Continue reading

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