Guess Who?! Cardinals Edition FREE printable available!

Check out
Guess Who?! Cardinals Edition!
to convert to Catholic your family game of Guess Who?!
and familiarize yourself with the faces of the Cardinals
…one of them just might be our next Pope!

We do not pretend to know 
exactly who will be most seriously 
considered for the papacy…
That’s up to the Holy Spirit-GUIDED 
Conclave of Cardinals!

but YOU can quickly get familiar with the faces, names and flags of these Cardinals!  

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The kit will likely be revised or expanded 
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Letter to Catholic Bloggers from Aquinas and More

on behalf of Ian Rutherford of Aquinas and More

Friends,

I write to you tonight with an announcement to make. As you all know,
after 10 years, Aquinas and More announced it would be closing at the end
of February. This was not an easy decision for us.

To our wonder, the outpouring of support for Aquinas and More from our
customers and the Catholic community at large has been overwhelming.  We
graciously, graciously thank you.

This
has left us in a bit of a quandary. We could not realistically continue in our
present state of affairs, but the void in Catholic shopping and Catholic
service left by the closing of Aquinas and More is also real.  We’ve
always felt that Aquinas and More was truly a mission.  Are we being
called to continue? Are we not? I know what I want, but I also know that — more
importantly — I want God’s Will.

In
this regard, Aquinas and More has decided to launch an “all-or-nothing”
crowdfunding campaign over the next two weeks (Tuesday March 5- March 19) to
return to its mission of serving others with their authentic Catholic online shopping
experience.

Our Goal:

Our
goal is to raise $250,000 in two weeks in order to replenish inventory,
overhaul the website and retain excellent Catholic customer service and
results. It’s a big number, we know. But we also know that we have more than
30,000 Facebook fans, and we’ve served more than 200,000 customers. We have
been richly blessed. So we have joy and hope, gaudium et spes.

Our
Campaign:

We are calling our campaign the “Aquinas Angels”. You can
visit the site at: http://www.gofundme.com/aquinasangels. We
have different levels of support, and will be “giving back” for your
generosity. The important thing to remember, however, is that if we don’t reach
our goal, your Angel donation will not be processed. Simple as that,
all-or-nothing. We will not be benefiting from any of it until and unless our
goal is reached. And if we don’t reach it, Aquinas and More will likely shut
down. It’s in His hands.

Outreach:

As
fellow Catholics and bloggers, I ask you first to pray for our campaign. We
will be praying the Saint Michael the Archangel prayer daily for this endeavor.
Secondly, I ask you to please help us spread the word about our Aquinas and
More Angel Campaign. This is a “We” Campaign. We can’t succeed without your
help! You have your audiences, your friends, your families, your parishes. If
you would like the work of Aquinas and More to continue, please share our
story, our site, and your experiences out there with your networks. I thank
you.

Talking Points: 

If you want to help, but aren’t sure what to say or emphasize, you can
always talk about some or all of the following:

Aquinas and More is not just a Catholic store – it’s a way of life. We are
unabashedly and authentically Catholic in our policies, products, & projects

·        
The only place where you’ll find a “Good Faith Guarantee” policy– making sure our products are
guaranteed to be in conformity with official Church teaching. As a Catholic
store, our mission is to clearly present the Faith for our customers

·        
Anti-China
Policy:
Aquinas and More does not buy
products from China, guaranteeing money isn’t spend supporting forced abortions
and the persecution of Christians in China

·        
Projects:

Military Chaplaincy Program”:
providing for the spiritual needs of our soldiers defending our lives and
liberties with a soldier registry and free shipping
“Church Supply” Catholic products for parishes, priests and seminarians
Tiber River”: Catholic book reviews from fellow Catholics
Behind the Counter” Radio Show: Catholic product advice from the experts
Catholic Literacy: Articles
on Saints, being Catholic, Church history, and more

·        
Generosity:

            In
the community
: For example, Aquinas and More donated a portion
of their sales to wildfire relief efforts in Colorado last summer;

            In
their family
:  Paula and I (Ian) Rutherford, have
had 10 children in 13 years – need I say more? 

Why Donate?

Giving
to the Aquinas and More Angel Campaign means helping to build and restore an
authentic Catholic culture. No where else can you find such a ministry and
mission – a living and serving, Catholic approach to shopping.

Aquinas and More is the “New Evangelization” in a nutshell. As part of the Year
of Faith, we are called to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message, and
go forth and proclaim the Gospel. That is the essence of Aquinas and More.

Supporting
the Aquinas and More Angel Campaign means supporting:


the New Evangelization;


makers of Catholic products and other Catholic businesses;


our parishes and religious;


Catholic families;


Catholic writers

When is
the Aquinas and More Angel Campaign?

Tuesday,
March 5 – Tuesday, March 19 . Our site is not live yet (it will be on Tuesday),
but you can check it out as we get ready to launch at: http://www.gofundme.com/aquinasangels.

How can you help spread the word?:

A blog post(s), tweets, sharing on your Facebook page, letting your Catholic network know, talking
it up to family and friends, etc. We really need a strong online presence
especially in the first 48 hours (Tuesday/Wednesday) to raise awareness and
excitement.

Goal Recap:

Raise
$250,000 in two weeks in order to replenish inventory, overhaul the website and
retain excellent Catholic customer service and results. If Aquinas and More
doesn’t reach its goal, your angel donation won’t be processed, and we will not
be reopening.

Friends, thank you so very kindly for taking the time to read my rather long
email and outpouring. I thank you all for your support throughout the years.
Whatever happens, I am grateful for your friendship.

Oremus,

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend
us in battle.

Be
our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May
God rebuke him, we humbly pray;

and
do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –

by
the Divine Power of God –

cast
into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,

who
roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.

 

Big Clicks Awards: Catholic Boy Richard, Winter Past, Speramus and The Breadbox Letters

Welcome to the
2013 Catholic Blogger Link-Up Blitz.
Announcing the Big Clicks Catholic Bloggers
for February 2013!
In the category of…

Readings and Reflections,
the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is:
Catholic Boy Richard for the post
10 Ways NOT to pray the Rosary

Liturgical Calendar Crafts and Homeschooling,
the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is:
Winter Past for the post
Gathering the Daily Manna

Catechism and Apologetics,
the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is
Speramus (We Hope!) for the post
Our Lady of Lourdes Strengthen Us

Catholic Family Journal and Random Ramblings,
the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is
The Breadbox Letters for the post
It Worked

Looking for MORE inspiring posts for Lent? Check out the Keep LOVE in LENT link-up…with all 54 Lenten reflections!
Here’s the shortcut:

Sole Searching Mamma: 15 Ways to
Experience a More Meaningful Lent

Catholic All Year: My Biggest Lent Fails and How I
Learned Mortification…


Four Little Ones: Keeping Love in
Lent

Gaels Crafty Treasures Keeping Love in
Lent

Bear Wrongs Patiently: Lent for the
Scrupulous

Rosary Mom: Keeping Love in
Lent

LoveLetters 7.10: Teacups
{Keeping the Love in Lent}

Little Saints in the Making:
Keep Love in Lent

Blessed with Full Hands: Keeping
love in Lent- Praise Him

Normal Chaos: Our Own
Personalized Lenten Journey

These Little Blessings: Gifting
Love this Lent

The Cajun Catholic: The our
Father; a lenten reflection

Truly Rich Mom: Keeping Love in
Lent… Even When It Is Difficult

GATHERING GRACES:Keeping LOVE in
LENT

SaIsa Pang Sulyap – Fullness Of
His Love

LiturgicalTime: Keeping Love in
Lent – Finding Balance

Grace Loves Iggy: love in
lent

Sacred Oysters: Empty (Keeping
LOVE in LENT)

Tercets:Make Heart Rosary
Decades to Pray for Others

The Diary of a Sower: Our Lenten
Prayer Tree

A Living Garden — Giving for
Others with Love: Keeping LOVE in LENT

Homegrown Catholics: Motivated
by my childrens’ activities {Lent}

MyBroken Fiat: Keeping Love in
Lent… Barely

Journey to Wisdom: Keeping Love
in Lent: Bands of Love

Softening My Heart: An
Anniversary Lesson duringLent


Coffee Moments With
Sam: Alot about Love…

Spread the word!! Let your friends know about these popular posts on the Catholic Bloggers Network
and help promote Catholic Bloggers!

The new Monthly Round-Up for MARCH will be up and running on March 1st! Make sure that you add your posts and visit often!!
You can also always revisit our Archives!


 

Our FIRST EVER Catholic Bloggers FOLLOW FRENZY was a great success with 48 Catholic Bloggers participating, visiting 23 other blogs and leaving meaningful comments; discovering and following new Catholic blogs and sharing stories.


…You could also sign up to our Catholic Bloggers Mailing List to receive the INFREQUENT Catholic Bloggers Network News Flash for current events, link-ups and features at Catholic Bloggers Network.

Don’t forget to link up to our Monthly Round-Up for MARCH and keep clicking to discover other great Catholic posts and awesome Catholic blogs!

Tell your subscribers about the Catholic Bloggers Network and help us increase traffic and promote all these awesome blogs! We have 459 awesome Catholic blogs linked up so far!

Check out our Catholic Bloggers Spotlight! and get to know our Catholic Bloggers!





Monica is a wife, Mom of 5+ kids, a designer, an architecture school survivor, an author and a crafter who thinks it’s cool to be Catholic! Check out the Arma Dei Shoppe for solid Catholic, fun teaching tools and gifts to celebrate and teach the Catholic Faith and subscribe to Equipping Catholic Families for family-building and Faith-centered crafts!

Keep LOVE in LENT: 53 Inspiring Posts!

Looking for some INSPIRATION and ENCOURAGEMENT this LENT?
Check out these Lent posts!
Leave a comment here about your favorite!
Sole
Searching Mamma: 15 Ways to Experience a More Meaningful
Lent

Catholic
All Year: My Biggest Lent Fails and How I Learned
Mortification…


Four
Little Ones: Keeping Love in Lent

Gaels
Crafty Treasures Keeping Love in Lent

Bear
Wrongs Patiently: Lent for the Scrupulous

Rosary
Mom: Keeping Love in Lent

LoveLetters
7.10: Teacups {Keeping the Love in Lent}

Little
Saints in the Making: Keep Love in Lent

Blessed
with Full Hands: Keeping love in Lent- Praise Him

Normal
Chaos: Our Own Personalized Lenten Journey

These
Little Blessings: Gifting Love this Lent

The
Cajun Catholic: The our Father; a lenten reflection

Truly
Rich Mom: Keeping Love in Lent… Even When It Is
Difficult

GATHERING
GRACES:Keeping LOVE in LENT

SaIsa
Pang Sulyap – Fullness Of His Love

LiturgicalTime:
Keeping Love in Lent – Finding Balance

Grace
Loves Iggy: love in lent

Sacred
Oysters: Empty (Keeping LOVE in LENT)

Tercets:Make
Heart Rosary Decades to Pray for Others

The
Diary of a Sower: Our Lenten Prayer
Tree

A
Living Garden — Giving for Others with Love: Keeping LOVE in
LENT

Homegrown
Catholics: Motivated by my childrens’ activities
{Lent}

MyBroken
Fiat: Keeping Love in Lent… Barely

Journey
to Wisdom: Keeping Love in Lent: Bands of
Love

Softening
My Heart: An Anniversary Lesson duringLent

All for Jesus Lent Challenge

 
 

The special All for Jesus LENT CHALLENGE is sponsored by Equipping Catholic Families and Catholic All Year, and inspired by the Catholic Toddler Letters of Frankie and Adam.
Frankie and Adam are two toddler penpals discussing large families, Mass attendance and Catholic traditions and their letters are graciously transcribed and published on their Mom’s blogs.

Every week during Lent, people are invited to choose their best Lent challenge or a special chore they carried out, keeping Jesus’ Sacrifice in mind (so doing the work, without the grumble).  They can visit Equipping Catholic Families or Catholic All Year to enter their weekly challenge after they completed it. At the end of Lent, a couple entries will be chosen (by Frankie and Adam!) and the winners will select their favorite Cathletics Craft Kit PDF to win!

Check out Equipping Catholic Families for more details!


If you are curious, check out the Catholic Toddler Letters of Frankie and Adam.





Monica is a wife, Mom of 5+ kids, a designer, an architecture school survivor, an author and a crafter who thinks it’s cool to be Catholic! Check out the Arma Dei Shoppe for solid Catholic, fun teaching tools and gifts to celebrate and teach the Catholic Faith and subscribe to Equipping Catholic Families for family-building and Faith-centered crafts!

Join the Keeping LOVE in LENT link-up! Register today and spread the word!


 
Are you feeling pressured to have your holiest, sacrifice and prayer-filled Lenten Journey this year? Do you ever find that you start out on Ash Wednesday with ashes on your forehead and so many sacrifice and prayer resolutions, but get discouraged by the second week because you can’t stick to them all?
How about focusing on one solid resolution or Lenten program or one different challenge each week: one that our families might be able to stick with, will draw all of us closer to Jesus, and one that we can carry out with love in our hearts instead of grumpy Lent faces?
Do you want to share what your family is doing for Lent this year?
Then join us, Tina of Truly Rich Mom, and Erika of Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints, and Monica at Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families in the
Keeping LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013.
We’re also going to incorporate a totally optional Follow Frenzy feature for those who want to be inspired by other people’s posts, with the added benefit of getting meaningful comments and new followers to your own blog.

A blog link-up is where we each write a blog post on the same theme. Everyone will get links to other bloggers’ posts to multiply your reach, and to help spread the message of Keeping LOVE in LENT!
You will have the option to participate in the Follow Frenzy, committing to visit and leave meaningful comments on 20 different blog posts that are part of the Keeping LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up (and receiving 20 meaningful comments on your own blogpost!)
Please note: You don’t have to participate in the Follow Frenzy, especially if reduced blog time is part of your Lent!

The link-up is open to all bloggers, particularly Catholics who observe LENT. You may write about anything that pertains to the blog theme, e.g. share tips on how you and your family keep LOVE in LENT; stories to encourage others to do so; books and activities (even recipes!) that help keep the Lenten observances of fasting, abstinence from meat on Fridays, extra prayer, sacrifices, cleaning and giving clothes away to the poor; special Catholic devotions and practices like extra weekday Masses or Stations of the Cross, etc.

To participate, please follow these steps:

1. Register by filling out the registration form at the end of this post or clicking here no later than Pancake Tuesday, February 12, 2012.
2. Write your blog post on the theme, “Keeping LOVE in LENT” in the first part of LENT and publish the blog post on February 19-20, 2013, filling out the form we send you with the direct URL link to your blog post, no later than February 20, 2013 at 9AM (EST).
You will receive the complete list of blog post links by noon on February 20, 2013 (EST) for you to add at the bottom of your post.
At the beginning of your blog carnival post,
please include the following introduction,
along with the Keep Love in LENT button!

“I’m participating in the Keeping LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013, hosted by
Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints, Truly Rich Mom and Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families. We’ll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds, and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of link-up entries.”
The deadline for registration for the carnival is February 12, 2013 (Pancake Tuesday).
Posting instructions and link-up rules will be e-mailed to all participants on February 14, 2013 and the link-up will go live on February 20, 2013. PLEASE PUBLISH YOUR BLOGPOSTS no later than 9am EST on February 20, 2013.
PLEASE NOTE:
Kindly write about the theme provided. We do not moderate or screen posts but we do reserve the right to exclude your entry from the list of link-up participants should your post be offensive, irrelevant to the link-up theme, contain personal attacks, off-topic articles, articles that are anti-Christ or are articles aimed to market products or services.
Important Dates:
1. Use this REGISTRATION FORM to register your blog by February 12, 2013
2. Publish your blog post on February 19 or 20, 2013. (No later than February 20 at 9am EST).
3. Send in the URL to your blog post for the link-up (by filling out the LINK FORM we will send you) as soon as you publish your blog post, no later than February 20 at 9am EST.
4. You will receive a final list of link-up participants as soon as it is available on February 20, 2013.
Add the list of link-up participants to the end of your blog post by February 20, 2013 at noon.

OPTIONAL FOLLOW FRENZY:
5. Specify in the registration form that you intend to participate in the FOLLOW FRENZY.
6. You will receive your list of blogs to visit on February 20 by noon EST.
7. Visit, leave meaningful comments and hopefully subscribe or follow 20 newly discovered Blogs by February 24, 2013.
Thank you very much!
We’re excited to read your entries and help spread the word on how to keep LOVE in LENT!

A Sunday Reflection

“In this age, turning our backs on traditional Christianity is seen as original and a sign of free-thinking. What is truly original and a sign of free-thought is embracing tradition and love of Christ which stands in the face of this world and its idea of “values”.
The so-called Enlightenment of prior centuries has badly harmed Christians. One looks at the French Revolution and other revolutions that grew out of this movement and see how they have mocked and injured Christ. Brothers and sisters, we cannot free ourselves by breaking away from God’s hands, when we break away from God, we subject ourselves to the darkest form of slavery.
 Oh that we would give ourselves back to God! We were made for him to love Him and serve Him. When our service turns back on ourselves and becomes self satisfying, it is indeed slavery. But it is reward and preventable to be of service to Something greater. We are foolish to think we can ever break “free” of God. It is written in the Psalms “Where can I go from your Spirit. Where can I flee from your presence?” And the prophet Jeremiah did write “Shall a man be hid in secret places, and I not see him, saith the Lord? do not I fill heaven and earth, saith the Lord?”
He who made us will always be with us and any ideology which excludes Him seeks to take away our humanity and often does. Where else do we get our humanity but from Him. As did say Augustine of Hippo “Our hearts are restless, O God, untill they rest in you.”

from: http://thoughtsoflightinthedark.blogspot.com/2012/10/sunday-sermon.html

Rachel M. Gohlman is a convert to Catholicism from Evangelical Protestantism. She is the author of the “Misadventures of Cardinal Fratelli” series and is known on facebook for her apologetics work. She is a graduate from Bradley University in Peoria.

Big Clicks Catholic Bloggers Awards for January 2013

Welcome to the 
2013 Catholic Blogger Link-Up Blitz.
Announcing the Big Clicks Catholic Bloggers 
for January 2013!
In the category of…

Readings and Reflections,
the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is:
The Breadbox Letters for the post
The Triumph of Light

Liturgical Calendar Crafts and Homeschooling,
the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is:
Equipping Catholic Families for the post
Kitchen Table Felt Castle

Catechism and Apologetics,
the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is
JOY for the post
Protecting Life in a Neonatal Wing

Catholic Family Journal and Random Ramblings,
the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is
Catholic All Year for the post
An Open Letter to the Church Lady

Spread the word!! Let your friends know about these popular posts on the Catholic Bloggers Network
and help promote Catholic Bloggers!

The new Monthly Round-Up for FEBRUARY will be up and running on February 1st! Make sure that you add your posts and visit often!!
You can also always revisit our Archives!



ALSO! Congrats to the Winners 

Coming soon!

Coming soon!  
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Tell your subscribers about the Catholic Bloggers Network and help us increase traffic and promote all these awesome blogs! We have 430 awesome Catholic blogs linked up so far!

Check out our Catholic Bloggers Spotlight! and get to know our Catholic Bloggers!





Monica is a wife, Mom of 5+ kids, a designer, an architecture school survivor, an author and a crafter who thinks it’s cool to be Catholic! Check out the Arma Dei Shoppe for solid Catholic, fun teaching tools and gifts to celebrate and teach the Catholic Faith and subscribe to Equipping Catholic Families for family-building and Faith-centered crafts!

Lot's of Links for February Feast Days!!

I pulled together a huge number of arts, crafts and activities for Candlemas/the Presentation of our Lord, Our Lady of Lourdes Feast day, and St. Valentine’s Day. Come take a look and see if you find anything that you’d like to do with your kids to celebrate these holy days!
Here is the link to the Presentation/Candlemas crafts and activities. 
There’s lots of coloring pages, too!
 
Our Lady of Lourdes feast is on Feb. 11
You might like to take a look at these crafts and activities.
Celebrate Saint Valentines’s feast day before Lent starts!
Here is loads of Catholic printables for you and you kids!

Jennifer, is a wife and a mom of 9 kids (ages 14 -1) She spends her days homeschooling in PA. Whenever time allows, she blogs about the Catholic activities she creates with her kids. She likes to make all things fun with hands-on activities!  
Visit her at Catholic Inspired for more fun arts, crafts and activities, which are inspired by our Catholic faith!