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At the beginning of the year I started on a Bible reading plan using the Verbum phone app. I haven’t been keeping up like I should so I’m only 15% of the way through the Bible. Still, since I’ve never read the whole thing, I’ll claim it as a win. A couple of weeks ago I read this passage:

“The priest who is chief among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil is poured, and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang loose, nor rend his clothes…” Lev 21:10

Last night while we were watching The Passion of the Christ I noticed that the high priest tore his garment when Jesus told him who He was:

And Jesus said, “I am; and you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments, and said, “Why do we still need witnesses?” Mk 14:62-63

Caiaphas questions Christ

Having read the Old Testament law concerning the high priest so recently, I was struck by the significance of this act, something that I hadn’t ever given thought to before so I went looking for commentary about the action.

I found one commentary on a Protestant site that claimed that the prohibition only applied to funerals so it wasn’t anything strange in this case. After reading the whole chapter, I don’t see that this prohibition is linked to funerals at all.

I also found another commentary that said the Church Fathers saw the rending of the high priest’s garment as the end of the Jewish priesthood. From St. Bede:

“the drama of Caiaphas tearing his vestments signifies the termination of the Old Covenant priesthood. In contrast, the seamless vestment of Jesus is not torn but remains intact (Jn 19:23-24), signifying that the new priesthood of Christ will endure forever (Heb 7:23-24).”

This seems like a reasonable interpretation to me. The high priest asks Christ who He is and Jesus tells him directly that “I AM”. Not only does the high priest reject the Messiah, he violates the law of God specific to the high priest in order to do it. I also did find commentary that said that Caiaphas didn’t violate the law because it referred only to his temple vestments which he probably wasn’t wearing at the time of Christ’s trial.

I’ve also heard that the Jewish priesthood ended with the destruction of the temple forty years after Christ’s death. What do you think? It doesn’t seem like there is a definitive statement from the Church one way or the other.


Blessed Imelda Lambertini was born in Bologna in 1322. She desired to become a nun from an early age and was sent to a Dominican convent for school.

While there she had visions of Mary, St. Agnes. She miraculously received her First Communion at age eleven on the Feast of the Ascension after which she died in ecstasy.

Pope Pius X named her the patroness of First Communicants.

Blessed ImeldaTo commemorate this patroness of First Communicants we have created a unique First Communion rosary with an image of Blessed Imelda on the center with her name and dates of her birth and death on the back.

Blessed Imelda Rosary

You can also order our unique Blessed Imelda holy cards as a special remembrance.


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Promising New Catholic Social Network

Last week while browsing Pinterest I was invited to pin on several group boards by a site I hadn’t heard of before called Awestruck.tv. I browsed their Pinterest boards – THOUSANDS of pins on all kinds of great Catholic stuff. That got me curious about the site so I browsed on over and found a WordPress site that was claiming to be a “Your portal to the Catholic community”.


I went ahead and signed up for the site and found that it is a pretty active community of Catholics sharing their faith through groups such as Carmelites, devotions, pro-life, book club, gardening – really, a huge variety of over 400 groups.

The site also has over twenty sub-sites on topics including Pinterest, Catholics in various countries and the Catholic Feast which is more about saints and feast days.

I spoke with the founder of the site, Norm over Skype about the project. It turns out that this was originally a South African project done in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus and the bishops’ conference but has spread all over the world.

If you are looking for a place to socialize with other Catholics and don’t like the ads and privacy issues associated with Facebook, take a spin around Awestruck.tv.


The Catholics Next DoorI’ve known Greg and Jennifer from the Catholic New Media Conference and their work with the Rosary Army for years. Not that we’re best friends. I mean, they’re famous and get to speak at conferences and I get to sell their books. I even interviewed them when their first book came out.

Apart from speaking, writing books and raising six kids, they also have a podcast called The Catholics Next Door. I am sure that they have been broadcasting on the Internet for almost the longest of any Catholic programming and they even had a show on Sirius Radio for a while. If you haven’t listened to podcasts before or haven’t heard of their show, go check it out. They talk about the Faith, share what’s going on in their family, and sometimes you’ll get a walk-on performance from Lilly or one of their other kids.

Last week Jennifer talked about her Great Adventure Bible study class. She was so excited about learning the deeper meaning behind Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, the Mass and some other sections of the Bible that I wished I was in the class.

All of us can use a positive, entertaining Faith refresher. Go check out their show. You’ll thank me.


You Can’t Buy This Kind of Kudos

From a religious community that bought this St. Joseph Statue from us.

Dear Aquinas & More,

Peace of our Lord Jesus be with you!

My name is —-, and I am a novice with the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple in the Archdiocese of San Antonio in Texas.  My community and I were very impressed with a few things: 1) the professional and efficient manner with which you processed our order, 2) the more than reasonable prices of your items, and 3) the values with which your Catholic company operates.  We pray that the Lord continue to bless all your endeavors through the Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph.  Keep up the great work!!!

          You and all your intentions shall be included in our Community Mass of the Solemnity of St. Joseph, this coming Wednesday, March 19th.

          May your company be empowered and blessed by the Holy Spirit  as you continue to evangelize by providing the world with material goods that encourage us to focus on the heavenly homeland.  St. Thomas Aquinas … pray for us!

In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,



Thank you so much for letting us know!

Back when I was first out of college and working at a tech company, I would pray theLiturgy of the Hours in the morning at my desk before work started. I never told people what I was doing but for some reason people noticed. one employee asked me for information about the Catholic Church and another told me that even though he and his wife were Catholic, they had been married by a justice of the peace and never in the Church. He invited me to be the best man at his Church wedding.

Why do I bring this up? It’s just an example of how evangelization works through the way you live your daily life. 

This week, Pope Francis visited a church in Rome and suggested that everyone should get a Bible and read it on the way to work. Obviously, he was thinking about travel in Europe where the majority of people probably take the bus or train to work. I’ve been in Rome and I can tell you that you don’t want to be driving there.

Watch the pope’s homily:


Now, the pope wasn’t suggesting that Catholics should read Bibles on public transportation in order to show off, he was suggesting it as a way to get closer to Christ. The nice thing about just “being Catholic” in public, whether it’s reading the Bible or saying grace at restaurants, you have the opportunity for collateral evangelization.

You never know who you can affect just by striving to be a saint in your everyday life.

So, do you have a Bible that is convenient to take with you when you travel? It’s time to get one.

St. Joseph Confirmation Bible

Ignatius Catholic Study Bible

Mother Mary - A Marian Catechism For Everyone With A Childlike Heart

Mother Mary – A Marian Catechism For Everyone With A Childlike Heart

We’ve been carrying Mother Mary along with the other titles from Bread of Life Publishing for a few years and just don’t think they’ve gotten the exposure they deserve. To help spread the word, we’re giving away ten copies of this book to Catholic mom-bloggers in exchange for honest reviews. If you want a copy, leave a comment and I’ll email you for your address.



The third book of illustrated meditations from Magnificat, The Seven Sorrows of Mary, is now available! Follow and reflect on defining moments in the life of Mary, from the Prophecy of Simeon, to the Death of Christ on the Cross, and others. This prayer book is an ideal companion for the season of Lent and throughout the year. See what some notable names have said about it online at the Ignatius website.

For only a short time, Aquinas and More is offering a 20% DISCOUNT on The Seven Sorrows of Mary and the two other illustrated books of meditations: The Seven Last Words of Jesus and The Seven Joys of Mary. Just order before February 28th.



Large Homeschooling Family Needs Your Help

We received this note from a friend of ours and wanted to pass it along. Help this family out if you can:


I’ve spoken with many of you at some point about a friend of mine, Ann Frailey, who is a home schooling mother to 8 children.  This past December, her husband, John, died from complications associated with his fight with Acute Leukemia.   My daughters and I were visiting her family and with them when John died.   The Frailey family is one of amazing strength, stamina and grace.

I am trying to help spread the word about her books.  She is a wonderful author and writes Christian books.  Ann would really like to be able to support her family through her writing.  I am providing some intimate background info with the hopes that it will stir you to help me help Ann and her family.  If you have a contact person who would be helpful, please let me know or have them contact Ann through her web site.  Please read her books and post reviews on Amazon.  She sells them in paperback and I think at least her first trilogy is available for Kindle.

I was in contact with Ann today and I offer this in her own words:

“People have been so generous and kind, but I really don’t want to be given a living…I want to DO something to support my family…thus encourage my kids to find value in that.  In my mind, it is infinitely better to earn a little and live simply, than to take a lot and live off others. I know that being home and present to my children is the greatest gift I can offer them at this point…for now my job is to hang in there and get them as well prepared for God’s vocational call as I possibly can. In all humility, that requires me to accept support from a variety of sources – but if I can possibly give back through my writing – that is my dearest wish.”

Here is her background/book info:

The Road Goes Ever OnA.K. Frailey is a homeschooling mother with eight children between the ages of 17 and 5. She lives in rural Fillmore, Illinois.  She was a public and private school teacher for a number of years before she married and she served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines.  She has been homeschooling for twelve years now and her kids have done very well.  Her eldest son is getting ready to enter a local college in the fall in the LPN program.  All her kids maintain very good grades and have made her very proud by their endurance through some very trying times.   Her husband, John, was a teacher at Vandalia Correctional Center where he taught adult basic education.  He was well loved by both students and co-workers for his integrity and ability to maintain a positive attitude no matter how difficult the circumstances.  He was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia in May of 2009 and he went through months of chemo only to relapse a year later.  He was then given a stem-cell transplant which worked, in that he lived, but he developed Graph vs Host disease whereby his skin, eyes, mouth, teeth and various other parts of his body were ravaged.  In the last year or so he suffered incredible pain and was on permanent disability and needed to use strong pain killers constantly.  He died from septic shock, pneumonia and two heart attacks on December 15th.

Ann is also an author:  The Road Goes Ever On – A Christian Journey Through The Lord of the Rings was her first book, followed byThe Deliverance Trilogy (ARAM, Ishtar’s Redemption, and Neb the Great) a year or so later.  She published The Road through iUniverse and it has sold slow but steady without much help.  The Deliverance Trilogy she self published through Amazon.  It has had very good reviews on Amazon and through other books reviewers.  They are listed on her web page: www.akfrailey.com  The publicity agency Sandpiper has been working with Ann to get word out, but since she could not pay them but for a short time, they have been very kind but cannot do much for her now. They did help to get some wonderful reviews out though.  Reviews help to get the books noticed and hopefully add to sales.  She could really use 30-40 reviews between now and March.  If that occurs, she can get her books listed on www.bookbub.com, where sales tend to be higher with well reviewed books.  Since John had been ill for so long, her marketing efforts were rather dismal….she just didn’t have the time, but she is open to help and suggestions.

AramARAM won runner up for fiction in the 2011 Indie Fiction Contest and has won the Catholic Writer’s Seal of Approval.  Ishtar’s Redemption also won the Catholic Writer’s Guild SOA. Neb the Great is currently under review for both the SOA and the Arts and Letters Contest.

Ann’s next book – unpublished – is called Georgios.  It is a YA  (Young Adult) story set on the island of Patmos in the 1st century. It won finalist in the 2013 Tuscany Prize YA Contest.  (Pitch attached). She also has written a new book which is currently being edited named Melchior set in 5th century Briton after the Anglo-Saxon invasions.  (Pitch attached).

Ann has also given a variety of talks in churches, retreats, home-school groups, and on the radio (St. Joseph Radio, Sun Rise Morning Show, Mary’s Touch,) and EWTN’s Doug Keck Bookmark with other Catholic Guild writers in 2012.  She’s also done a variety of interviews for newspapers.

She has been published in The Latin Mass several times – most recently fall of 2013 and once in the New Oxford Review.