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What do you know about St. Benedict?
Posted by Ian on 10 July 2014 03:17 PM
St. Benedict Writing the Rule


Saint Benedict of Nursi, a figure known famously for being a hermit and for his monastic life, was an extremely influential man during the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. While many people recognize him as the founder of the Benedictine order, in fact Saint Benedict had a profound and lasting impact on the Catholic Church as a whole and not just on one small group of religious. A man of tremendous character, Saint Benedict lived an eventful life:


  • Saint Benedict wrote The Rule of Saint Benedict, a set of precepts governing monastic life. As the Rule dictates a moderate path between individual ardor in faith and communal institutionalization, it has gained much popularity over the centuries.
  • Saint Benedict originally studied rhetoric in Rome, but found the lifestyle of the city too degenerate for his tastes. He left, not originally intending to become a hermit, though after a time settled with Romanus, another hermit, in a cave outside of Enfide; he lived thusly for three years.
  • Saint Benedict did not intend to found an order, so to speak, with his monastic precepts. It wasn’t until the later Middle Ages that the term “Order of Saint Benedict” came into existence.
  • Together with Saints Cyril and Methodius, Saint Benedict is one of the co-patron saints of Europe.
  • During his time as a hermit, a group of pious men came to Saint Benedict and begged him to be their abbot; when they proved unwilling to live up to his holy standard, they tried to give him poisoned wine. While he was praying over the cup, it shattered and spilled the deadly drink onto the ground.
  • The Medal of St. Benedict is one of the most popular devotionals. It has complex symbolism so we created an interactive page to show you all the parts!
The Medal of St. Benedict

The Medal of St. Benedict

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A lost tradition that will sanctify your home
Posted by Ian on 16 June 2014 03:33 PM

Rescued from the lost
traditions of our Catholic Faith . . . 

A powerhouse of grace
that bridges Church and home . . . 

Reclaimed in these
pages for the first time . . . 

The Little Oratory

Keeping a prayer life
with your family isn't easy.

From herding distracted children
to managing the endless litany of
prayers and devotions, our spiritual
life often feels frantic and burdensome.

This isn't the way it should be!

Our prayer life
and our family life should
— and can! — be in harmony.

When they are, our family
is a powerhouse of grace, and
our home becomes a Little Eden —
a little bit of heaven on earth.

With simplicity and holy wisdom,
this book shows you how to bring peace
to your home by integrating your family
into the calm, truly joyful way of Mother Church.

Thomas Howard
calls this book
"a rare treasure."

Christopher West
calls it "a superb guide."

Joseph Pearce
calls it "wonderful,
inspiring, and deeply practical."

In these pages, authors David
Clayton and Leila Lawler help you reclaim the
almost lost tradition of the little oratory.

Consisting of a modest table and icons,
the little oratory is a visible sign of
spiritual awareness and devotion . . .

. . . spiritually nourishing your family
by extending the Eucharistic worship
of the Mass into your home.

Building your own little oratory is
simple, and in these pages you'll discover
just how easy it is.

In fact, you likely have most of the
pieces in your home already — except,
perhaps, the sacred art.

That's why we've included in this book
eight full-colored icons that are ready
for framing.

Eight full-colored icons are 
included in The Little Oratory.

Here are just two of them:

St. Michael Icon

Christ in Glory Icon

Each icon can be
easily removed from the book
and is ready for framing!


By following the wise advice in this book,
you'll discover the peace and love that
flow from a home that is focused on Christ.

You'll also learn:

  • How to overcome the feeling that you're too busy to pray.
  • How to use sacred art to strengthen your prayer life.
  • How to extend Catholic beliefs and devotions into every room of the house.
  • Why the Liturgy of the Hours is important and how it can make your family holy.
  • How to pray the Rosary with children — and keep the rowdiest of them calm and reverent.
  • The active role children can — and should — play in the prayer life of the family.
  • What to do when only one parent takes the spiritual life seriously.
  • Practical ways to extend the liturgical life into your workplace.
  • And countless other tips to help you practice your faith in the heart of your home.

The Little Oratory

The Little Oratory:
A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home
by David Clayton and Leila Marie Lawler
224 Pages — List Price: $19.95

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First Communion and Confirmation Gift Ideas
Posted by Ian on 29 May 2014 04:29 PM
Pewter Confirmation Cross

"Sacramental Season" is still going strong so I wanted to share some suggestions for gifts to help you out.

First Communion

Before the big day

The first thing to consider items that need pre-planning. For example, if you are having a party you probably will want to send out invitations.

One of our most popular items year after year are our custom prayer cards. We have over 100 designs or you can create your own from scratch!

First Communicant Gifts

Exclusive Blessed Imelda Rosary

Exclusive Blessed Imelda Rosary

Standard gifts for First Communion always include missals, Bibles, rosaries and sometimes scapulars.

Why not get a unique rosary - one that features the Patron of First Communicants, Blessed Imelda Lambertini? This rosary is an Aquinas and More exclusive.

We also have been busy adding new First Communion jewelry for both boys and girls including four-way medals, bracelets, tie-tacks, necklaces and earrings.

My First Holy Communion

My First Holy Communion

If you are looking for something different, we also carry wonderful children's videos about the saints, sacraments and prayer. Or, if your child enjoys reading, we have over 200 books to choose from including the new My First Holy Communion book.


Gifts for Confirmation are usually easier to buy than First Communion gifts because the recipient has typically chosen a Confirmation saint's name. Be sure to find this out ahead of time so you have an easier time finding a gift.

Extra tip: Make sure you find out exactly which saint the recipient has chosen. There are multiple St. Josephs and St. Marys, for example and you want to be sure that if you want to get something related to the saint that you know the correct one.

We can even engrave medalsThe go-to gift for Confirmation is a patron saint medal for the saint they have chosen. We have over 4000 different ones to choose from so chances are almost 100% that you can find one to match. We even do engraving!

We also offer several hundred books about the saints if the Confirmand is a reader.

We also carry plaques, Holy Spirit Jewelry and even a thank you plaque for a Sponsor. Just browse through our extensive selection to find the perfect gift.

Is there something you are looking for that you can't find on our site? Please let me know.

God bless,


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Exclusive First Communion Rosary From Aquinas and More
Posted by Ian on 15 April 2014 11:11 AM

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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First Communion banner kits have arrived!
Posted by Ian on 04 April 2014 11:48 AM
Why should you get one of our kits?Avoid the Hassle - Each kit includes all of the kit parts and instructions to assemble the kit.No cutting or patterns involved!Family Owned - The family company that produces these kits is located in the United States and the whole family is involved in cutting and packing the kits.

The Butek Family at Illuminated Ink

Variety - With a dozen styles that can be assembled in multiple ways, your child is sure to have a unique display for your parish.

First Communion Banner KitFirst Communion Banner Kit
Economical - When you add up the time and gas involved in making or finding patterns, buying materials and cutting out all the pieces, buying one of our kits is going to save you both time and money and leave you with a high-quality banner.Browse our selection and save yourself some hassle today.

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Did You Hear What Pope Francis Recommended?
Posted by Ian on 18 March 2014 03:40 PM

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

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