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All Saints’ Day

Today’s guest post is by Brandon Rappuhn, a Logos marketing copywriter.

Tomorrow is All Saints’ Day, one of our Holy Days of Obligation—a day when we celebrate the martyrs and saints who suffered for Christ. I’ve heard it referred to as the “Easter of the autumn,” and upon a closer look at the feast day, that seems highly accurate.

On Easter, we celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ, from whose wounded side the Church was born. So too is the Church sustained by the lives and wounds of the martyrs, who themselves bore their crosses and shared in Christ’s sufferings. In the Eucharist of every Mass, we celebrate Christ, the sacrificial Passover Lamb, who died on Good Friday to be raised on Easter. And on All Saints’ Day, we celebrate those who have imitated Christ, who have become most like Christ during their earthly lives, who have died and now live eternally with their King.

Today is All Hallow’s Eve (the eve of the holy ones), as it was called centuries ago, when All Saints’ Day was called All Hallow’s Day (the day of the holy ones). The celebration of All Hallow’s Day dates back to the third and fourth centuries AD, when Christians were persecuted and martyrdom was frequent. Christians would remember their martyred friends and family by celebrating the Eucharist in their tombs, using the tomb as an altar table, symbolizing the martyr’s part of the sacrifice of Christ.

This practice ended before the eighth century. Pope Gregory III would later set the date for All Hallow’s Day as November 1—the day we have celebrated our martyrs and saints ever since. Candles are lit in honor of the saints, as we look to them for direction leading us to Christ. We remember all the saints on this day, ask for their intercession, look to their incredible faith, and strive toward perfection in unity and love.

Which saint is a model of Christ to you? Who inspires you in Christlikeness and faith?

Rocky Mountain Catholic Men’s Conference: A Gathering of Heroes

Today’s guest post is by Greg Hoerter, manager of strategic partnerships for Catholic Products.

Logos had the honor of taking part in another great Catholic men’s conference on Saturday, October 13, this time in Colorado Springs’ beautiful Rocky Mountains foothills. At the Pikes Peak Center in the Diocese of Colorado Springs, the Rocky Mountain Catholic Men’s Conference built on the theme “A Gathering of Heroes.” The speaker lineup focused on being heroes in the family, community, and church.

Speakers included Fr. Jim Baron, Bishop Michael Sheridan, J. D. Flynn, Chris Stefanick, Dr. Ray Guarendi, Randy Hain, Gus Lloyd, and Dr. Thomas Smith; Archbishop Samuel Aquila celebrated Mass. My Logos Bible Software presentation showed attendees how they could maintain or regain their hero status with their families and communities by using Logos to better understand and defend their Catholic faith.

 I ran into a large group of diaconate aspirants who, as a requirement for their training, began using Logos in their formation process this year. I received nothing but high praise for the software, and a few of them purchased some additional collections to complement their libraries. They also made my job very easy by convincing many of their brothers in the diaconate formation process to get the software and consider it for their group in Denver. I suspect Denver may be the next diaconate formation group using Logos for training!

I always leave these Catholic men’s conferences recharged and full of the Holy Spirit. The Church is full of life, and I am so glad to be a part of it—and to equip these men with something that will help them stay full of energy and life long after they leave the conference. With the election fast approaching and the Year of Faith upon us, Logos’ Catholic Bible software is just what the Church needs, clergy and laity alike! To quote Dr. Thomas Smith quoting Scott Hahn, “Every priest is a father, and every father is a priest.” We all need to learn and defend our faith so that we can stand for Truth—so that we can be real heroes for our children.

The Year of Faith Is Finally Here!

Tomorrow, October 11, marks the beginning of the Year of Faith.

If you haven’t heard about the Year of Faith yet, jump back to Louis’ May blog post to learn how Logos is ideally equipped to answer the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s call for “the wider distribution of [the Catechism and Vatican II documents] through electronic means and modern technologies.”

We’ve been buzzing about the Year of Faith for quite a while, but we’d still love to see more people join. Tell your friends—it’s not too late! Even after the reading plan begins, it’s easy to catch up. The weekly readings are reasonable, and even if your friends need to “catch up to here,” diving into the Catechism is a fantastic way to grow in faith.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, but you just found out about it, here are a few links to catch you up quickly:

–          Overview of the project and directions to join
–          How to connect to the reading plan, post Community Notes, and change Faithlife settings
–          Advanced sharing ideas and techniques
–          The Year of Faith on your mobile device
–          The Catechism on your mobile device
–          Get the most out of your Logos software (with the Catechism Collection and above)

Even if you’ve been following for a while, those last couple may interest you as a Logos Catechism owner.

Let the reading and discussion begin! And don’t forget to select “Logos’ Year of Faith” when you post a Community Note so that people can easily find and respond to your contribution.

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