Author Archive for Patti Maguire Armstrong

Abandoned— The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars
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Abandoned— The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars

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If you knew beforehand that a gunman planned on going to a kindergarten class at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, would you do everything in your power to avert the violence and save innocent lives? During a news conference on January 16, President Obama expressed that if we could save even one life […]

Book Review: <i>A Grace Given</i>
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Book Review: A Grace Given

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During the summer of 1998, our family faced the sudden death of our twelve-year-old son.  He was perfectly healthy that morning, but during the night, his airways had a spasm and closed up.  We discovered him blue and not breathing. I said “faced” because we came face to face with death; waiting for medical help, […]

Orphan's New Year’s Resolution: Build a House for Other Orphans
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Orphan’s New Year’s Resolution: Build a House for Other Orphans

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Imagine a Kenyan AIDS orphan living in a mud hut with his two brothers and walking several miles to school on an empty stomach. After the devastating loss of both of his parents, facing daily grinding poverty, would he have any energy left to dream of a better future?  This boy is not imaginary; his name […]

If Aristotle's Kid Had an iPod
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If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod

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What is the difference between a child born in the Twenty-first century and one born in 300 BC?  Nothing, since human nature is unchanging, but everything, if modern child-rearing techniques are applied. Human nature never changes, be it during ancient times or in the modern world. Thus, Aristotle’s philosophy was as brilliant in 350 BC […]

Finding Peace on Earth
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Finding Peace on Earth

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“Peace on earth and good will to men.” This is the season where we reflect on Christ’s offer and promise of His peace. But why do so few seem to have it? Why is it that some people rant over such things bad drivers and delayed appointments while others walk peacefully through life’s storms? I […]

Apparitions at Holy Love Ministries Revisited
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Apparitions at Holy Love Ministries Revisited

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A few years ago, I first wrote about Holy Love Ministries, the 83-acre site of Maranatha Spring in Ohio. People have been going to this place since the early 1990‘s, drawn by founder Maureen Sweeney-Kyle’s claim that Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary and a host of saints are appearing to her with messages. On the surface, […]

Holy Family Prayer Book
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Holy Family Prayer Book

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What is one activity that every family should do together daily?  No matter how functional or dysfunctional a family is, this activity will make things better. Answer:  Pray together. Holy Family Prayer Book, Prayers for Every Family by the Missionaries of the Holy Family is a simple yet practical book.  Rather than overwhelming one with […]

Family Circle: Honor Thy Mother and Father
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Family Circle: Honor Thy Mother and Father

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Could failure to follow God’s commands be robbing your family of grace?      God not only became one of us, but he was born into a family with parents: Our Blessed Mother Mary, and a father, St. Joseph.  There’s no escaping the message that families are intended to be holy places for children to grow […]

 Who’s Got You?: Observations of a Catholic Homeschooling Father
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Who’s Got You?: Observations of a Catholic Homeschooling Father

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If you do an Internet search for “Catholic Fatherhood” how much data would you find in comparison to Panda Bears, Applied Linear Algebra, and Welding Theory?  According to John Clark, author of Who’s Got You, Catholic Fatherhood comes in last.  The results respectively were 1,914, 1,706, and 284. Catholic Fatherhood netted 270 results.  Clark surmised […]

Book Review: <i>Along the Way</i>
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Book Review: Along the Way

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Do you know a rebellious teen? How about an agnostic or a workaholic? Those sorts are frustrating people aren’t they? Instead of accepting the truth and peace of Jesus Christ, they run and reject. Oh, and do you happen to know Randy Hain? He is the co-editor of the Integrated Catholic Life (along with Deacon Mike Bickerstaff) […]

Book Review: Seven from Heaven
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Book Review: Seven from Heaven

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How can your family find healing, strength, and protection in the sacraments? They can learn how in the book, Seven from Heaven (The Crossroad Publishing Company) by Elizabeth Ficocelli. As a matter of fact, that question is the exact subtitle of her book. “God’s powerful presence in the seven sacraments is the reason they hold […]

Little Red Wagon
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Little Red Wagon

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Kids are not always realistic. They believe anything is possible—Santa Clause, the Tooth Fairy, and saving the world. Adults don’t believe in such things. So, it was a good thing for thousands of homeless children that Zach Bonner was just a gullible kid. In 2005, at only seven years of age, he became the youngest […]

Viral Video: Mom of Seven Impacts the Nation
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Viral Video: Mom of Seven Impacts the Nation

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What can a homeschooling mother of seven children possibly do to touch our entire nation? Pray? Sure. Raise responsible, future citizens? Of course. Found a national organization and make a video with well over 2 million views that can impact the outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election? It’s what Adriana Gonzalez of Florida did. Yet, […]

New Life for <em>October Baby</em>
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New Life for October Baby

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The movie, October Baby became a successful symbol in the prolife movement. Like so many small voices refusing to be defeated against the mammoth abortion industry, neither could October Baby be defeated. This faith-based film went where Hollywood rarely ventures—into pro-life waters. It traveled another route where small films rarely go—opening #8 at the box […]

Al Kresta Celebrates Miraculous Recovery and 15 Years at Ave Maria Radio
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Al Kresta Celebrates Miraculous Recovery and 15 Years at Ave Maria Radio

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Today, Catholic radio operates in over 200 markets in the U.S. in addition to the Internet and Sirius Radio.  But fifteen years ago, the Catholic airwaves were much quieter until a revolution of sorts began in Ann Arbor, MI. The city, home to the University of Michigan, is identified as a seedbed of learning. When […]

One Waiting for Us
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One Waiting for Us

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My husband Mark and I used to make a trip to the maternity ward every couple of years.  Given our track record, it was a good idea to have an extra home pregnancy kit tucked away on a bathroom shelf.  One month, I did not really think I was pregnant but since I was late, […]

<i>Disorientation</i>: How to Go to College without Losing Your Mind
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Disorientation: How to Go to College without Losing Your Mind

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The world of academia during the Seventies opened our minds so wide that our brains seemed to fall out. False teachings often undermined faith and morals. Yet, we came away believing we were more highly evolved than when we went in. I recall one professor warning a class of seniors: “You will be surprised that […]

The Broken Path
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The Broken Path

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I opened my mail and found a review copy of The Broken Path: How Catholic Bishops Got Lost in the Weeds of American Politics by Judie Brown. I decided I was probably too busy to even read it. Three chapters into it, I felt I had no choice but to write a review. When I […]

Help Wanted: Father
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Help Wanted: Father

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Job Description  Long term (as in lifetime) position in challenging and ever-changing work environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication skills and be willing to adopt a G-rated vocabulary. Applicants must also trade any existing sports vehicles in for a “babe” repelling, baby-friendly minivan. Some undercover work necessary such as checking up on kids and getting […]

Help Wanted: Mom
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Help Wanted: Mom

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Qualifications:  Candidates must possess the desire to love unconditionally.  Little or no training is required but willingness to learn on the job is a must. The initiation period is little or nonexistent, depending on the support staff you have in your extended family.   You must have the ability to be aware of every departmental […]

Making Peace with the 24-Hour Day
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Making Peace with the 24-Hour Day

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Do you have more things to do than time to do them?  Really?  No, not really.  Would God give you more to do than time to do it?   Of course not.  So if you feel that you can’t get it all done, then maybe it’s not all yours to do. Or, you aren’t organizing yourself. […]

Rock the World!
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Rock the World!

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Do you want to rock the world?  Like St. Francis who moved spiritual mountains and Mother Teresa who moved heaven and earth to serve the poor, we can change the world. We would not be here if God did not plan for just that. He put us here to make a difference in every walk […]

Movie Review: <i>U.N. Me</i>
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Movie Review: U.N. Me

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Every once in a while, I watch a movie that I hate. U.N. Me is just such a movie. I hated watching it but I have to recommend that others see this movie.  Why?  Because I believe that even if the truth is brutally hard to digest, it’s better than ignorance. I hated what was […]

Feminism vs. Feminine
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Feminism vs. Feminine

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I am a recovering feminist. Getting married in the Eighties was my first step when I changed my mind about keeping my own name. I went with logic. A long hyphenated name would be nothing but trouble over the long haul. And what does the second generation do if two people with hyphenated names marry each […]

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