Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Easter Triduum: What is it?

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Holy Week is the most sacred week in Christianity, the pinnacle of the liturgical year, even more sacred than Christmas. Holy Week commemorates the final week of Our Lord’s life, the reason for which Christmas happened.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, when Jesus made his final entrance into Jerusalem, and culminates with Easter Sunday. As Holy Week progresses to its final days the solemnity heightens. Continue reading

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The Stabat Mater Dolorosa: One of the Greatest Catholic Hymns of All Time

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The Stabat Mater Dolorosa is considered one of the seven greatest Latin hymns of all time. It is based upon the prophecy of Simeon that a sword was to pierce the heart of His mother, Mary (Luke 2:35). The hymn originated in the 13th century during the peak of Franciscan devotion to the crucified Jesus . Continue reading

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The Catholic Company Interviews Dr. Matthew Bunson, Leading Authority on the Papacy & the Church

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Dr. Matthew Bunson sits down with us at The Catholic Company to share his thoughts and insights on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, its impact on the history of the Church, and other personal reflections. Dr. Matthew Bunson is one of the United States’ leading authorities on the papacy and the Church. Continue reading

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Pope Francis, the Die-hard Soccer Fan!

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This week, Buenos Aires’ football club was thrust back into the international spotlight when its most noteworthy supporter received a major promotion. On March 13, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was selected by the College of Cardinals to be the next Pope. He is the first South American to lead the church, the first non-European pope in over 1200 years, and a die-hard football fan. Continue reading

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Praying Through Lent: Litany of the Sacred Heart

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The Litany of the Sacred Heart is a popular prayer found in many Catholic prayer books. It is a great prayer before or after Mass, during Eucharistic Adoration, and especially during the Lenten season. Continue reading

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The Catholic Company Needs Your Help! Now Hiring for Seasonal Positions

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Now Hiring! The Catholic Company is the leading Catholic catalog and online book and gift store. Our mission statement is “To provide world-class products and services that honor God and our community.” We are faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and strive to promote only those materials whose contents will bring greater glory to God, the exaltation of His Church, and the salvation of souls. Continue reading

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4 Catholic Women Authors Reflect on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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When the resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was announced, we gathered together some of the top Catholic authoris, speakers, and personalities to share their thoughts on the historical nature of this resignation as well as personal reflections about Benedict XVI. Here we feature our interviews with prominent female authors: Kimberly Hahn, Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle, and Amy Welborn. Continue reading

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A Glimpse into the Early Life of St. Joseph

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St. Joseph is one of the most loved saints because he is the man who God chose among all others to be the special guardian of the Incarnate Jesus Christ and His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is the human guardian of the Holy Family.

One of our most popular-selling books is The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Anne Catherine Emmerich. St. Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) was a nun, mystic, and visionary who had the grace of unusual glimpses with remarkable detail into the life of the Holy Family. Continue reading

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Excerpts from The Confession of St. Patrick: An Unlearned Man Turned Hero-Saint

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The story of how St. Patrick converted the Irish Celts is a fascinating one. His show down with the Druid occult—where God used him as an instrument to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, establishing the Christian religion all over the island— is not much different than what you’d read in the Old Testament about Elijah and the prophets of Baal or Moses and the Egyptian magicians. Continue reading

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Praying Through Lent: A Prayer to the Blessed Mother

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Holy Mother, pierce me through,

In my heart each wound renew,

Of my Savior crucified. Continue reading

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