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Mary, the mother of Jesus, holds a special place in the heart of every Catholic. Deepen that devotion by learning what the Bible says about her, what the Church believes about Mary and how Catholics can honor her.

Seasonal Features
Learning About Mary
Catholic e-Greetings honoring Mary
Send free Catholic e-cards to friends and family members.


Last Secret of Fatima: My Conversations With Sr. Lucia
New! With an introduction by Pope Benedict XVI and including information previously suppressed, the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, definitively reveals and explains one of the most controversial events in 20th-century Catholicism—the 1917 apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima. Click here to find The Last Secret of Fatima audiobook in the SAMP Books catalog.

Mary of History
New! In this Catholic Update, Robert P. Maloney, C.M.examines the Mary of history, whose life is so intertwined with the mystery of Jesus, by exploring religious, economic, cultural and political circumstances of her life.

Mary and the Bible
In Search of the Real Mary
Mary, the First Disciple
The Many Faces of Mary in Nazareth

What Catholics Believe About Mary
The Maternity of Mary
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Catholic Devotion to Mary
Picturing Mary: A Mother's Love
Crowning the Queen of the May
Calling Upon Mother Mary
Our Lady of Guadalupe: A Guide for the New Millennium
Mother Teresa's Handwritten Prayer to Mary
Honoring Mary in Your Garden
Praying the Rosary

Our Lady of Lourdes
Lourdes: 150 Years of God’s Healing Care
Pope John Paul II and Suffering
The Witness of a Cross-carrying Pope
Prayers for Healing
News Feature: Lourdes’ 150th Anniversary

Resources About Mary
Marian prayer, tradition, devotions and spirituality from the Mysteries of the Rosary to Our Lady of Guadalupe are the focus of resources from St. Anthony Messenger Press Books and Servant Books that reflect the special place that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, holds in the heart of every Catholic.


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Thomas Aquinas: By universal consent, Thomas Aquinas is the preeminent spokesman of the Catholic tradition of reason and of divine revelation. He is one of the great teachers of the medieval Catholic Church, honored with the titles Doctor of the Church and Angelic Doctor. 
<p>At five he was given to the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino in his parents’ hopes that he would choose that way of life and eventually became abbot. In 1239 he was sent to Naples to complete his studies. It was here that he was first attracted to Aristotle’s philosophy. </p><p>By 1243, Thomas abandoned his family’s plans for him and joined the Dominicans, much to his mother’s dismay. On her order, Thomas was captured by his brother and kept at home for over a year. </p><p>Once free, he went to Paris and then to Cologne, where he finished his studies with Albert the Great. He held two professorships at Paris, lived at the court of Pope Urban IV, directed the Dominican schools at Rome and Viterbo, combated adversaries of the mendicants, as well as the Averroists, and argued with some Franciscans about Aristotelianism. </p><p>His greatest contribution to the Catholic Church is his writings. The unity, harmony and continuity of faith and reason, of revealed and natural human knowledge, pervades his writings. One might expect Thomas, as a man of the gospel, to be an ardent defender of revealed truth. But he was broad enough, deep enough, to see the whole natural order as coming from God the Creator, and to see reason as a divine gift to be highly cherished. </p><p>The <i>Summa Theologiae</i>, his last and, unfortunately, uncompleted work, deals with the whole of Catholic theology. He stopped work on it after celebrating Mass on December 6, 1273. When asked why he stopped writing, he replied, “I cannot go on.... All that I have written seems to me like so much straw compared to what I have seen and what has been revealed to me.” He died March 7, 1274.</p> American Catholic Blog We talk often about how we are God’s “hands and feet,” which is true. That being said, we can’t fall into the trap of thinking God needs us like we need Him. He’s God—which makes the reality that He wants to use us and be in a relationship with us an even sweeter, more profound truth.

 
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Catholic Schools Week
This week we honor the contributions to the U.S. made through Catholic education.
Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity
Loving God, give us imagination and courage to build your Church together in unity and in love.
St. Francis de Sales
Celebrate today with Catholic writers and journalists who claim this 16th-century saint as their patron.



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