Do you know the facts about angels and Devils?

August 31, 2006

Weekly Newsletter

August 28, 2006


Serra InternationalSupport our seminarians! In conjunction with the Colorado Springs Serra Club, we have created this registry for seminarians. These items are ones that we would like to give to new seminarians to help them with their studies and also to provide them with clerics as they leave for seminary. When you purchase items from this list, they will be given to the Serra Club for distribution.If you are part of a Serra Club and would like to have a registry for your seminarians, please fill out our customer service form. Please include your email address, the SKU and quantity of items you need as well as your address and contact information for your local Serra chapter.Currently, this registry is only for seminarians within the United States.

View a list of items asked for by the Serra Club.

All About the Angels is a charming book that shows how the Angels have assisted people innumerable times in the past and how they continue to help us today-and how they would do even more than they do, if we would only ask them. Catholic Tradition teaches that God has given each of us a special Guardian Angel from the moment of our birth. In this book Fr. O’Sullivan explains that this Angel’s great love for us can only be compared to that of a mother. Further, he shows how, with all their power and magnificence, the Angels are also immensely kind, faithful and generous-and actually even grateful for our own poor love, repaying us many times over for our little acts of love toward them. With their superior intelligence and power, they are willing and able to prevent accidents, to comfort us, to defend us from the attacks of the devil and to help us in our spiritual and temporal affairs.

Especially today – with the current great resurgence of interest in the Angels – is this present book a needed aid to distinguish the true from the false and the known from the unknown.  The Angels, by Fr. Pascal Parente, is a certain guide through the unseen and holy world of the angelic spirits – a book that will truly instruct, inspire and enthrall.

In response to actual questions many people have asked him about Angels (and Demons), well-known author and philosophy professor Peter Kreeft separates fact from fantasy and myth from reality as he answers 100 common questions about these spiritual beings. Based on a very popular college course he teaches on this subject, this book responds to the incredible amount of interest in angelic beings and attempts to clear up some of the misinformation abounding in the numerous books today on what we know about these mysterious spirits.

Angels and Devils has to be the most thorough book about the Angels yet written in modern times. Here, the best-selling author, Joan Carroll Cruz expounds upon the traditional definitions and delineations of the Angels, asking and answering virtually every conceivable question about them:  E.g., what are they, how do we know they exist, when were they created, do they really have wings, do they know the future, do they know our thoughts, do they have names, do they have emotions, do they converse with each other, how fast do they travel, what are their assignments, how do we know we have Guardian Angels, are they appointed at conception or birth or Baptism, do non-Christians have Guardian Angels, and so forth. Then, after answering all these questions about the Angels, and many more besides, she does the same with regard to the devils.

A Book of Angels

Modern believers may be tempted to look upon angels as one of the more fanciful elements of Scripture, but this illuminating and entertaining collection of angel stories from the Bible shows that there are just too many angels for them to be metaphorical, allegorical, or unimportant.

So that children will come to know and learn to revere angels, Marigold Hunt explains what angels are (and are not!) and gathers here in one volume most of the stories of angels in the Bible.

The Guardian Angels reveals one of God’s “secrets” about how He guides and governs the world:  by assigning a Guardian Angel to watch over each person, diocese, town, parish, etc.  It explains the many services these blessed spirits perform for us–protecting souls and bodies in ways both miraculous and “ordinary.”  It also shows how the Catholic teachings on the Guardian Angels are gfound in Sacred Scripture and in writings of Church.

Richly illustrated with fine art, Saints and Angels describes the lives and works of many familiar and unfamiliar saints and angels.  Among those included are the Apostles, John the Baptist, Joan of Arc, Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Patrick, Francis of Assisi, and many more.  Details of feast days and patronages are also discussed.  Coverage includes information about choirs of angels, guardian angels and fallen angels.

St. Michael and the Angels  is a beautiful and inspiring book telling all about the angels. Filled with stories from the lives and writings of the saints, it tells of the role which the good angels play in the divine economy of saving souls. Led by St. Michael, the Prince of the heavenly host, the angels act as our guardians, serve as messengers from God to us and from us to God, surround the altar during Mass, and bear the graces of the Mass like incense to the altar of God on high.

DO angels and demons really exist, or were they fabricated by the Church in the Middle Ages to frighten the populace into submission? Early Christian writers were clear on the matter. Here’s what they had to say:

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25% off All Stuller Jewelry

August 23, 2006

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Are you a Catechist? This newsletter is for you!

August 23, 2006


What Every Catechist Should Know
All the information you need to be a first-rate catechist.Catechesis is one of the most important jobs you can take on. Fortunately, you don’t need a doctorate in theology. What you do need is a thorough grounding in the Catholic Faith which is exactly what you’ll get from this book. Here’s a thorough, concise, and easy- to- understand summary of the Faith . It follows the six tasks of teaching outlined in the General Directory for Catechesis: doctrine, liturgy, morality, prayer, missionary initiation, and community life. Giving you just what on need to know, it also tells you where you can look in Scripture and the Catechisim of the Catholic Church for more detailed information. And you’ll find helpful questions for reflection that will get good group discussions going.

If you’re just starting in the teaching ministry, this is the guide you need to lead successful classes.

Seven Secrets Of Succesful CatechistsPassing our Faith to the next generation is one of the most important and rewarding works of teaching. Our children are a very real part of our churches today; they are also the Church leaders of tomorrow.

In thoughtful and insightful language, author Joseph White applies seven key principles that lead to successful religious education. Dr White provides a step-by-step guide that is filled with practical, inspirational, and motivational strategies to help catechists teach the Faith and change the lives of the children they work with.

Ideal for religious educators, volunteer catechists, Catholic school teachers, children’s ministers, Liturgy of the Word for children leaders, parents, or anyone who cares for children. It is the perfect resource for in-services and teacher training.

A Philadelphia Catholic In King James’s CourtThe first ever apologetics novel will charm you as you learn to explain the Faith. Perfect for teens and adults. The study guide (sold separately, SKU 1697) makes it perfect for RCIA, religious education, and Bible studies.

We carry the Didache High School Textbook series! We now have the brand-new workbooks and answer keys to Introduction to Catholicism and Our Moral Life in Christ!

New Homeschooling Homepage

August 11, 2006

For the next month the Aquinas and More homepage will be featuring a bunch of homeschooling stuff including links to different Catholic Homeschool Curricula, Catholic homeschooling blogs and some tips on choosing a curriculum. If you haven’t checked out our homeschooling resources, this is a great time to do that.

School is Coming. Are You Ready?

August 10, 2006

Please take a look at our large collection of resources for school.


A large selection of Catholic posters you can use in the classroom.

The Rosary Posters

22 full-color posters.

Features: a simple introduction to the rosary, the traditional 15 mysteries and the Mysteries of Light, step-by-step rosary chart, reproducible prayer pages.

This illustrated chart of Noah’s Ark shows the massive ark with the animals on board and the size of the ark compared to everyday objects. Drawn to Bible measurements, it gives an inside view showing how the animals may have been housed in this three-deck floating zoo. Reproducible worksheets on the back, including animals to enlarge and color.

Creation Chart

Showing the six days of creation from Genesis, this dynamic full-color chart shows what God created each day: light, sky, land, sea, plants, sun, moon, stars, sea life and birds, animals and people. Great for teaching about Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.

Reproducible worksheets on the back include teaching tips.

24 Reasons for Living the Virtue of Chastity Before Marriage. Why Wait? helps teens and singles think twice before risking their bodies, souls, and happiness on sex outside of marriage. Includes 12 biblical reasons and 12 medical reasons for waiting. Emphasizes God’s perfect plan for marriage and God’s prohibition of sex outside of marriage.

The Great Adventure foundation series shows how Christ’s work continues through you and me in the Church today. Here’s where you “find yourself in the Story” that you learned the Bible Timelines Study. This study will show how other parts of the New Testament fit into the narrative told in Acts and will reference portions of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Great Adventure 24-Week Bible Study Course

Now you can have Jeff Cavins as your personal Bible teacher in this one-of-a-kind video series. Filmed this year at a dynamic parish outside St. Paul, Minnesota, this video series offers a compelling overview of God’s plan of salvation. Beginning with the first talk, you will discover how the Bible timeline system Jeff developed unlocks many of the questions we all have about the people, places and events of the Bible. Once you understand the “big picture” of God’s plan of salvation—and where the various biblical characters fit in this overall story—you develop a new appreciation for the Scripture. Your understanding of the Scripture readings at Mass will truly come alive. Begin the journey today. Order your full set of CDs for your personal study, or for RCIA or other adult faith formation class.

The opening verse of the book of Hebrews tells us that “[i]n many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets.” This was done fragmentarily, under various figures and symbols. Man was not given religious truth as though from a Scholastic theologian, nicely laid out and fully indexed. Doctrines had to be thought out, lived out in the liturgical life of the Church, even pieced together by the Fathers and ecumenical councils. In this way, the Church has gained an ever-deepening understanding of the deposit of faith that had been “once for all delivered” to it by Christ and the apostles (cf. Jude 3).

Protestants—especially Fundamentalists and Evangelicals—admit that much. They recognize there was a real development in doctrine: There was an initial message, much clouded at the Fall, and then a progressively fuller explanation of God’s teachings as Israel was prepared for the Messiah, until the apostles were instructed by the Messiah himself. Jesus told the apostles that in the Old Testament “many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it” (Matt. 13:17).

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Things For Which to Plan Far Ahead

August 10, 2006

Every year we seem to miss some major sales possibilities because the dates sneak up on us. I’m sure we aren’t the only store with this problem. Here are a few major ones to remember:

Back to school (August) – start planning in May. You need to contact schools during the summer if you want to sell them religious ed materials. Homeschoolers start buying books in June so be ready.

Advent (November) – Make sure you have your advent wreaths and candles lined up by the end of September. Also, if you carry Oplatki, you can usually start taking orders in September.

Christmas (December) – Start selling Christmas cards in your store in early October. We are already starting to see sales for them on our website and it’s only August.

Lent (March) – Make sure you have a palm supplier and the candles for the Easter Vigil ready to go before Lent starts.

In general, if you plan to promote a specific event, give yourself at least three weeks of lead time so that you can get the product in stock before the event.

Time to Play Ring Around the Rosary

August 10, 2006

The latest Catholic Carnival is up!

Solemn Mass Bleg

August 8, 2006

For reasons I’m not going to get into here, the only weekly Solemn Mass in our diocese was terminated last month.

I am interested in where other places are that actually have them. If you could, list the parish, diocese, website and a brief description about what they do (all Latin, some Latin, chant, bells, incense, etc.)

I know of four parishes in the country where such a Mass exists and would like to compile a more complete list.

To start:

Holy Ghost – Denver
Weekly 10:30 am
Has chant with organ, incense, bells, male-only servers, polyphony and traditional hymns and on major feasts a full orchestra.

St. Agnes – Minneapolis
Entire parish
Dream parish for those wanting to see what Vatican II intended – polyphony, chant, Mass at original high altar, almost entirely in Latin

Arlington – I know it exists, don’t know where it is.

Dallas – Fr. Paul was removed from his parish and took the Mass with him to his new assignment.

Please let other bloggers know about this post as I would really like as much help as possible in compiling this list.

Aack! We’ve Been Memed!

August 1, 2006

Thanks to Happy Catholic, we have been memed for the first time since we started this blog. Is that a milestone? I would invite my staff to answer this as well.

1. One book that changed your life:
Staring into Chaos – This disturbing book from Spence Publishing is a study of the decline of the West through the lense of past civilizations’ falls.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
If I say the Lord of the Rings can I count that as one book?

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
Castaway. Just kidding! I would want the Silmarillion because it is such a rich collection of “history”.

4. One book that made you laugh:
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Why did they have to mess up the movie so badly?

5. One book that made you cry:
Real men don’t cry! Okay, Lord of the World by Msgr. Hugh Benson.

6. One book that you wish had been written:
“A Faithful Catholic’s Guide to the Way the Catholic Hierarchy Really Works.”

An excerpt:

If you were in the military and have never dealt with the Hierarchy before, you aren’t going to like it. For instance, that clear chain of command you are used to? Gone. That instant obedience to superiors? Gone. That quick discipline towards troublemakers? Gone. In fact, if you are used to the military, we recommend staying as far away from anything that has an official Church title in order to avoid becoming disillusioned about the whole mess.

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
The Celistine Prophecy. Acck. Phpbbbb. Bleh.

8. One book you’re currently reading:
1776 by David McCullough

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
The Catechism. I know, I know.

10. Tag five others.
Kitty Eleison, Roman Catholic Blog, Testosterhome,Scrutinies and American Papist.

What I Learned on the Way to the Catholic Marketing Convention

August 1, 2006
  1. When they say get there 90 minutes before your flight, they mean it. I was 50 minutes early and with all the security stuff made it on to the plane five minutes before takeoff.
  2. The security agent who is incomprehensible 30 feet away doesn’t get any more coherent when you get closer. I think she said something about putting all your guns in separate bins on the conveyor belt but I can’t be sure.
  3. “At least its a DRY heat” really takes on new meaning going from 90 degrees and 10% humidity in Colorado to 100 degrees and 80% humidity in Phildelphia.
  4. Those “fragile” notes you put on boxes? Sometimes they work! When I got to the bagage claim, a baggage handler rode up the ramp and onto the conveyor belt with my “fragile” computer monitor box to make sure it didn’t tip over or get squashed by other bags. A big round of applause for Delta Airlines!
  5. When you step onto a plane that could fit in your garage and think “I don’t think I’ve ever been on a plane this small”, God will display his sense of humor by making your connecting flight about half the size.
  6. Always go for the exit row. The seat space from Cincinnati to Philadelphia in the exit row was almost claustraphobic. I can’t imagine what the regular seats were like.
  7. “Departing on time” means that you leave the gate on time, not that you take off on time.
  8. Colorado Springs is one of the few airports with free wireless internet access.
  9. I recommend reading both 1776 and Good to Great for in -flight relaxation. The first is a very engaging history of George Washington and the first year of the American Revolution. The second is a study of how companies can go from being typical to outstanding.

If you have a store, you really should consider attending this show. It is the ONLY exclusively Catholic venue to meet vendors. Don’t even think about going to Christian retailing shows if you are a Catholic store. I went to the Christian Retail Convention in Denver and amidst the hundreds of booths, there were only five Catholic ones.