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Lenten Companion

Are you looking for a way this Lent to return to the Church or to develop a more fervent practice of your faith?

The holy season of Lent speaks to our daily struggles and sorrows, showing how the answer to all life’s troubles is found in the Mystery of Jesus Christ.  This handy little booklet provides a series of original reflections to guide you through every day of Lent into the heart of that Mystery.

By spending a few moments meditating on the inspiring daily reflections and the short prayers that follow them, you will discover all that is true, good, and beautiful about the Catholic faith.  Let the profound yet practical insights you will find in this little spiritual treasury form and focus your spiritual life, filling it with a new conviction and purpose.

This inspiring daily meditation guide for Lent is a customer favorite, year after year.

You can still order individual copies as well.

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Catholic Podcast Recommendation

Got Heresy? Get Spiritual Direction!This morning I was listening to The Catholic Weekend podcast (referred to by the show hosts at SQPN.com as a weekly train wreck). Even though it isn’t a really structured podcast – more of a stream-of-consciousness conversation between 3+ people – they always have fascinating things to share. This week, Sarah Vabulous of Catholicdrinkie.com fame, told us about her New Year’s trip to Rome. She got to go to vespers with the pope and visit Assisi.
I went to Rome for a semester in college at the University of Dallas and again for our honeymoon. I really can’t think of a country I’ve enjoyed visiting more. The churches! The monuments! The churches! The gelato! The churches…
What is your favorite place to visit on a pilgrimage? Oh, if you haven’t listened to Catholic Weekend, head over to sqpn.com to check out the show.
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Over the years we have become increasingly frustrated as more and more children’s books are sent to China for printing. Since China still thinks that government-forced abortion and sterilization are okay and Catholic priests and bishops are still vanishing, we have had access to a very limited selection of children’s titles.

Fortunately, Magnificat Magazine has started publishing books for children along with the Magnificat Magazine. These books are printed in a variety of countries other than China and are some really fabulous titles. Here’s a quick summary of what’s available:
For young children there is a selection of board books with very cute illustrations.
Little Life of Jesus

Little Life of Jesus

Little Life of Jesus is a collection of eleven stories that go through the life of Jesus with very nice full-color illustrations.

7in. x 7in.
24 Pages

My First Pictures of Mary

My First Pictures of Mary

The My First Pictures of Series is a series of four books written and illustrated by Maite Roche with simple text and pictures. The four books include Mary, Christmas, Jesus and Easter.
6in. x 7.25in.
14 pages

My First Bedtime Prayers

My First Bedtime Prayers

The My First Prayers series is also illustrated by Maite Roche. The books include Mary, My Family, Christmas and Bedtime.
6.25in. x 6.25in.
14 Pages
The Gospel for Little Ones
The Gospel for Little Ones goes from the Annunciation to the Ascension in a heavy-duty board book with darling illustrations.
6in. x 8.5in.
32 pages
The Bible for Little Ones

The Bible for Little Ones

The Bible for Little Ones shares the most famous Bible stories including Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Noah, Moses, David, Mary and the Apostles in full-color board pages.

6in. x 8.5in.
36 pages

 

These are just some of the books available now from Magnificat Magazine. I’ll share some more in my next post.

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These Aren’t New Year Resolutions

2014 Resolutions

I can’t remember ever making New Year’s resolutions. I see the rationale – the end of the year is a great mental time to start anew. This year with the major changes at Aquinas and More and an upcoming move to a new town for our family, I’ve been making changes throughout the year to get my life and business in better order. Here’s what I’ve been working on:

  1. Getting more done. With ten kids, a full time job and Aquinas and More, my to-do list was a collection of sticky notes, a paper notebook (or two, since I frequently would set it down somewhere and forget), Outlook reminders and my leaky mind. This really wasn’t sustainable and I constantly felt like I was buried in obligations that were so numerous I couldn’t prioritize. Through Michael Hyatt’s podcast I found Nozbe – a simple-to-use to-do list app, website and desktop application. The interface is simple and it syncs across all your devices. You can email and tweet tasks to it and it integrates with Evernote. I had tried several other to-do list apps but for some reason this one just seems to work more smoothly. Oh, you can also create projects and share lists with other users so you can both work on a list at the same time!Nozbe
  2. Read the Bible. I’ve read parts of the Bible but never really committed to regular reading or to any kind of plan. My oldest daughter is going to be doing the Understanding the Scriptures course for school starting next month and my younger kids are reading the Children’s Golden Bible. Last year I did a podcast with the folks at Logos Bible software about their new Catholic product, Verbum. They gave me a basic edition to review and it has an Android app which follows the daily Lectionary readings. I’m going to start with that and help my daughter with her scripture study class.Verbum Catholic Bible Study
  3. Organize my paper. I have a file cabinet with labeled folders and I do a reasonable job making sure that everything gets filed regularly. My problem is all the other things I need to keep track of – that great idea I heard on a podcast, the melody I need to learn for the Thanksgiving talent show (We sang Gaudete this year), all of the notes I take about procedures and processes at the warehouse, ideas for blog posts. There is a lot of information that I need to keep track of and I have found that paper notebooks are great for holding data but lousy for finding it later. A couple of years ago I got an Evernote account to keep track of photos and comments I had about potential locations to move our store. It was simple to use but I didn’t really “get it”. After having read a few books with different ideas on how to organize it as well as some podcasts, I think I see how I can really take advantage of this digital notebook. I’m not planning on going paperless anytime soon, but this is a good start towards better organization.Evernote
  4. Go on a pilgrimage. Before Thanksgiving my wife made an incredibly bold proposal. She suggested going on the pilgrimage to Chartres for our twentieth wedding anniversary. I was blown away. This isn’t something that we can just hop on a plane and do, it is going to require serious planning as well as a commitment to really getting into shape. The pilgrimage is a three day, seventy-five mile hike from Notre Dame in Paris to Notre Dame in Charte culminating in a high Mass at the cathedral. The pilgrimage covers roads, fields and trails and frequently involves rain. If you want to follow my wife’s chronicle of our preparations, she is at Kittle Eleison. We each bought running shoes for each other for Christmas and my parents bought us hiking poles. If anyone wants to watch ten kids for a couple of weeks while we’re gone, let us know!Chartres Pilgrimage
  5. Start learning more about things I like. I’ve attended several of the CNMC events and even had a podcast for a while (which will be coming back next year) but I never really got into listening to podcasts as a regular thing. I’ve had a two-and-a-half hour drive to work several times a week since April and between talk radio itself and the commercials, listening to the radio was getting very tedious. I finally found a decent podcast app for Android – Doubletwist. It has some quirks in the interface but it syncs non-podcast media such as music and audio books with my laptop and wasn’t very expensive. I first started listening to The Catholics Next Door with Greg and Jennifer Willits. They have an engaging show and even though they occasionally Georgia the pronunciation of words like “Guadete” and “Estes Park”, I was able to get past that and I’ve actually listened to every episode. I also enjoyed listening to Catholic Stuff You Should Know. Unfortunately, they are taking a break for several months to finish up seminary. Apart from the Catholic podcasts I’ve found, there are several other life and business podcasts that I enjoy listening to. Michael Hyatt’s This is Your Life and Cliff Ravenscraft’s Podcast Answerman are both great. If you have a lot of driving time, I definitely encourage you to find something other than the radio to listen to. Whether it’s podcasts or something from the Great Courses collection, it’s a far better use of your time. I’m also planning on attending the Modex 2014 Supply Chain expo to increase my knowledge of warehouse management. A lot of you probably have your eyes glaze over at the thought of seeing exhibits showing the latest in storage and order processing but I love this stuff! I might also attend the Catholic New Media Conference and am really considering going to the SCORRE conference next year.The Catholics Next Door
  6. Set goals – and plan to make them. Setting goals is very easy, it’s the reaching them that is hard. Several months ago I downloaded the Life Plan workbook from Michael Hyatt’s site and then forgot about it. A few weeks ago he offered a 5-day program to get goals together for the coming year. I signed up for it as I was having a hard time figuring out how best to attack several of the things I wanted to do next year. It was worth the cost. Apart from having a step-by-step approach to not only planning ahead but taking a hard look at what was behind, the community of participants has a lot of great ideas.Best Year Ever

 

What did you do this year to improve your life? Not necessarily New Year’s related.

 

2014 Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Win a Christmas Rosary

We’re giving away this gorgeous Christmas Rosary today. To enter, just fill out the form and like our store on Facebook.

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Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

For Young Children
For Children

For the Music Lover

  
E-books for the Techie

Family Movie Time

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We’ve been receiving great entries for our Saints-in-Training contest. Here are a few:

Saint Anthony and the fish:
Saint Anthony and the fish

St. Rose of Lima

St. Rose of Lima

If your parish had an All Saints Day party,be sure to submit pictures of your adorable saints-in-training. You could win an engraved sterling medal from Aquinas and More. Just enter our Facebook contest and our fans will vote on the best costumes.

This guy wins for originality:

St. Lawrence
See more of our great entries.

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Oh, When the Saints

From the earliest days of the Church, Christians venerated martyrs on the anniversary of their deaths by celebrating Mass on their tombs. Over the next few centuries relics began to be transferred between dioceses and memorials for several martyrs were celebrated in common. During the persecutions of Diocletian in the early 300s so many Christians were killed that it became impossible to create separate memorials for each so joint memorials became common.

In the late 300s St. Basil the Great sent a letter to the bishops of Pontus inviting them to celebrate a common feast in honor of the martyrs.

The earliest record of a feast honoring all Christian martyrs  is from a homily of St. John Crysostom in the 407 saying that there was a feast celebrated in Constantinople.

Learn more about the history of All Saints Day and take 15% off all of our patron saint items through November 8th.

Catechism lesson:

“All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Sacred Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:

As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in any age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offences can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.

This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: ‘Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin. From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.”

- from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1030, 1032

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Splendors of the CreedThe Creed. The foundation of the Faith. Magnificat Magazine has taken the Creed, and like an illuminated manuscript, embellished the words with gorgeous works of art and prayerful meditations on each sentence.

Other features of this beautiful book include:

- Commentary on each work of art
- Poetry from famous poets including Gerard Manley Hopkins, Milton, Dante and more providing literary reflections on the themes of the Creed
- Oversized format – over a foot tall – gives the art the space it deserves for true reflection

Order now for only $19.95. In stock for immediate shipping.

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Also available, Splendors of the Rosary and Splendors of the Magnificat.

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Splendors of the Creed

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For the Feast of St. Luke:

 

Praying with St. Luke's GospelDear and Glorious PhysicianSt. Luke Pendant and Prayer Card
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Mary REALLY wants you to pray the rosary.

Our Lady of the Rosary

Tradition holds that when Mary gave the Rosary to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche that she made 15 promises to those who devoutly pray the Rosary. These promises are:

  1. Whosoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal graces.
  2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
  3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.
  4. It will cause good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for Eternal Things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
  5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.
  6. Whosoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of Eternal Life.

Read the rest of the promises.

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