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August 25, 2014

Today is the feast of St. Louis IX, king of France. To commemorate him, we offer a brief excerpt from Steve Weidenkopf's forthcoming book, The Glory of the Crusades:

Louis’s insistence on taking the cross [in December 1244] and journeying to the Holy Land was an outgrowth of his deep faith and love for Christ. He yearned to see Jerusalem under Christian control once more...

August 25, 2013

Today is my birthday, and it is precisely at this time when I am especially mindful of my patron saint, Saint Louis IX, King of France. I became especially acquainted with him after I relocated to the American City that bears his noble name. I don’t know if you know much about Saint Louis, but I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to have been born on the feast of such a remarkable and godly man.

Louis was born in Poissy, France on April 25, 1215 to King Louis VIII and Blanche...