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Francis of Assisi in His Own Words: The Essential Writings

…take you so far. It’s impossible to truly understand Francis of Assisi without reading his writings. Sweeney has compiled all of the ones that we are most certain come from Francis himself, including his first Rule of life, the Rule he wrote for the Third Order, letters to friends, letters to…

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St. Clare of Assisi: Light From the Cloister

Just as with his stirring narrative of the life of St. Francis, St. Francis of Assisi: Passion, Poverty & the Man Who Transformed the Church, author Bret Thoman draws upon his profound knowledge of original sources, his familiarity with the places where these two great founders lived and…

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St. Benedict Wood Bracelet, Black Wood [Black]

…black cord which beautifully highlights the sepia tone St. Benedict images. The cord bracelet is fully adjustable for a perfect fit on any size wrist.  St. Benedict was the founder of Western monasticism and author of "The Rule" which became the guideline for monks as they pray, work,…

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Finding God's Will For You

…gentle consolation. From St. Francis de Sales you’ll learn: Four signs that your heart conforms to God’s will — does yours? Sacred inspirations: not just for the prophets. The many ways God may be knocking on your door — now! The simple rule of charity: how it can help…

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Beatitudes: Living the Life of Christ

St. Joan of Arc St. Francis of Assisi St. Augustine St. Teresa of Avila Bl. Chiara Luce Badano St. Andre Bessette St. Rose Philippine Duchesne St. Josemaria Escriva St. Maximilian Kolbe St. Therese of Lisieux St. Gianna Beretta Molla St. Monica St. Thomas More St. Paul St. Pope John Paul II St.

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St. Maximilian Kolbe's Bullet-Point Plan for His Life

…being punished is the most terrible chastisement of all. - If you want to avoid judgment, stop passing judgment. (Mt 7:1) - St. Francis de Sales: "Fidelity in observing the rule is the sacrifice God prefers above all others; it is a mortification and a penance." - Love the most Blessed Virgin very…

Prayer of Saint Francis

…still hear St. Francis' message of peace. A famous prayer attributed to him is known as the " Prayer of St. Francis " or the "Peace Prayer". While the authorship of the prayer is still under question, the prayer holds true to the ideals of the Franciscan order he established. The Rule of St. Francis

The Story of St. Clare: Her Inspiring Leaps of Faith

…God. The Story of St. Clare St. Clare was born into a noble Italian family.  She faced struggles early in life, including the death of her father when she was very young.  Her life began to change when she heard the preaching of St. Francis of Assisi.  The words of St. Francis lit a fire in her as…

For today's #FeastDay of St. Clare of As...

For today's #FeastDay of St. Clare of As...

…chapel crucifix, and where St. Clare, his first female follower and close friend, founded along with him the Poor Clare nuns. Together with her nuns #StClare lived a simple life of great poverty, austerity and complete seclusion from the world, according to St. Francis' Rule. Her influence and fame…

For today's #FeastDay of St. Clare of As...

For today's #FeastDay of St. Clare of As...

…chapel crucifix, and where St. Clare, his follower and close friend, founded and lived with her Order of Poor Clare nuns. Together with her nuns #StClare lived a simple life of great poverty, austerity and complete seclusion from the world, according to St. Francis' Rule. Her influence and fame was…

The Pope of the Rosary: Pope St. Pius V

…Battle of Lepanto in 1571. [caption id="attachment_24041" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Newly-elected Pope Francis prays at the tomb of Pope St. Pius V in a chapel of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome March 14. 2013 (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)[/caption]   Consueverunt Romani Pontifices…

Seeing As the Pope Sees: A Story from Rome

…Year has so far been an exciting one. But today will certainly be its highlight. My colleagues and I are attending Pope Francis' General Audience, days before Holy Week in St. Peter's Square. A month before I’d sent the Holy Father’s secretary Doors of Mercy, the video series our team has produced…

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There's still time to enter our 2nd annu...

…Catholic Garden Contest through the end of August. Here's a few of our latest entries, Our Lady with St. Fiacre & St. Francis. Enter your photos here: [http://woobox.com/jm3gks] View contest rules & prizes here: [http://www.catholiccompany.com/content/2nd-Annual-Catholic-Garden-Photo-Contest.cfm]…

Advent Prayers for the 4th Sunday of Advent

…by Your grace alone, may we make our way to You, Most High, Who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity, and are glorified God almighty, forever and ever. Amen." ~ from Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Francis of Assisi "O creator God, Our world is pregnant with the anticipation of the…

Fasting: The Benefits For Body, Mind, And Soul

…us as we attempt to draw closer to our Lord during Lent: "Our primitive rule states that we must pray without ceasing. If we do this with all the care possible — for unceasing prayer is the most important aspect of the rule — the fasts, the disciplines, and the silence the order commands will not…

El Salvador Has a New Blessed: Oscar Romero

…at Romero’s funeral were killed at the interior of the Metropolitan Cathedral. In total, this conflict killed 75,000 people. This year Pope Francis signed the decree recognizing Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, as a martyr. Romero was assassinated on March 24, 1980 at the altar while…

Nine Unexpected Blessings of a Large Family

…‘forged’ by the concrete situations which each particular family experiences. Love is born and constantly develops amid lights and shadows.” — Pope Francis We don't get to choose our kids. Yet as I consider our nine children, I see they were perfectly chosen. Each brings a different personality and…

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