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    Standard-Bearers of the King remembers with gratitude the labors and sufferings of those faithful servants of Christ who bravely held aloft the standard of the Cross for the faithful to see and to follow.

    The life of John Gerard, an English Catholic and Jesuit missionary priest, well illustrates what is at stake when the power of the state is enlisted against the Catholic faith and church. The persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I and King…

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    April 7, 2014

    Jean-Baptiste de La Salle: Educator and Saint

    by Joseph F. X. Sladky

    In the so-called Age of Enlightenment, philosophes like Voltaire worked zealously to destroy Christianity among the elite of society, at the same time, not caring one whit for “enlightening” the lower classes.  In a letter to Diderot, the famous wit…

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    Lenten Meditation: Mantegna’s Lamentation over the Dead Christ

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    by Sean Fitzpatrick

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    Gothic’s Genius: Abbot Suger

    by Christopher O. Blum

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    Thomas Aquinas: Child of Christ

    by Sean Fitzpatrick

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    by Kevin Schmiesing

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    Romano Guardini: Father of the New Evangelization

    by Christopher Shannon

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