A joyfully Franciscan view of Catholic life, inspired by St. Clare (Santa Chiara) of Assisi!

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Chiara Offreduccio (St. Clare) was born in 1194. It is said that when her mother had Chiara in her womb, an angel appeared to her and said, "your child will be a light that will illuminate the world!" Hence, her mother named the child Chiara, which means "light. As G.K. Chesterton put it, St. Clare was a romantic figure just like Juliet was. However, instead of running away from her family in order to be with an earthly man, Clare gave up everything and ran away from her family for the love of her Savior!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Not Your Average Catholic Bookstore...

Here in the South, it’s not every day that you find a Catholic bookstore. It’s even rarer to find a GOOD Catholic bookstore. Even at GOOD Catholic bookstores in large cities, I rarely find holy cards/medals of more obscure Saints like St. Scholastica.

Ave Maria Sacred Art based in Richmond, VA is a rare exception; it’s probably the best Catholic bookstore I’ve been to, and being a Notre Dame alum, I have certainly seen my share of Catholic bookstores. In fact, this was the only place that carried my beloved St. Scholastica medal….I was so excited by this, that I kind of weirded out the sales clerk.

While I would love ya’ll to visit Virginia, I am all too familiar with the expenses of travel. The good news is that you can order the items from Ave Maria Sacred Art over the internet and they now ship internationally….so you’ll be able to give your extended family and friends St. Scholastica medals (or any of the other fabulous items from this store) as Christmas or New Years gifts!

Check it out. And if you’ll be in the Old Dominion, stop by the store and marvel at its coolness.

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