Author Archive for Patti Maguire Armstrong

This is Our Time
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This is Our Time

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Graduation from college is a transition from working towards a goal to accomplishing it. Some are ready to save the world while others simply want to make their mark in it, but either way, it is the threshold of new possibilities. Inevitably however, within any group of graduates, time brings surprises both good and bad.  […]

Catholic Mom’s Café: 5-Minute Retreats for Every Day of the Year
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Catholic Mom’s Café: 5-Minute Retreats for Every Day of the Year

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Do you think you would benefit spiritually by spending thirty hours in prayer and meditation?  Yeah, right, you are likely thinking.  Where would I find time for that? I’m a very busy mother. Motherhood has its ironies.  When we are pregnant and feel the need to “rest up,” sleep is often hard to come by.  […]

Pro-Life Catholics Witness in the Public Square
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Pro-Life Catholics Witness in the Public Square

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It’s not unusual for foreign countries to import from the United States. This week however, Spain will bring in an unusual “made in the USA” product: the Catholic Pro-Life movement.  Speakers from Project Rachel, Catholics Called to Witness, the Dallas Respect Life Office, and Human Life International, have been invited to speak at “The Catholic […]

Sisters of Mary Compete on The American Bible Challenge
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Sisters of Mary Compete on The American Bible Challenge

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Television is discovering the Bible makes for good viewing.  In addition to The History Channel’s airing an epic 5-part Bible series, the second season of The American Bible Challenge game show begins this Thursday, March 21 at 9 pm EST on GNS.  Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, this fast-paced, one-hour game show pits Bible loving groups […]

Win a Bible Prize Package
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Win a Bible Prize Package

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Some things come as a surprise and others do not. My family and I watched the first episode of The Bible, the History channel’s 5-part series, so it was no surprise to us that it premiered as the #1 cable telecast of the year and the #1 trend on Twitter.  It was spectacular; just the […]

The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series
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The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series

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The Bible speaks for itself, or rather, it speaks for God. Yet, we have a generation of young people that are generally more excited about video games and special effects than the Word of God.  So, what’s a parent to do?  If you are executive producer Mark Burnett and his wife, “Touched by an Angel” […]

One Story Leads to Another in Kenya
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One Story Leads to Another in Kenya

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In January, Catholic Lane shared the story of two young men from Bismarck, ND visiting Kenya for the first time with their adopted AIDS orphan brother.  It was a story that had come full-circle, of an AIDS orphan growing up and returning home to help other orphans. Here is part II. We wake up early […]

Catholics Come Home: God's Extraordinary Plan for Your Life
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Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life

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God does not call the equipped, he equips those he calls.  That is, if they answer his call.  Mother Angelica used to say that any dodo will do—those not worried about their lack of ability, but willing to say yes to God. She was just such a dodo who volunteered to serve him. In spite […]

Raising the Bar for Lent
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Raising the Bar for Lent

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Years ago, a local newspaper columnist praised the fare of TV prime-time viewing.  She supported modern examples of broken families as being the sitcom subject of choice.  Betty, the columnist, cheered the portrayal of brokenness in place of idealistic programs such as “Leave it to Beaver,”  “Father Knows Best,” or the “Brady Bunch.”  There were […]

The Pregnant Man Wants a Divorce
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The Pregnant Man Wants a Divorce

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God’s rules protect humanity from such the situation of a man who birthed three children, now seeking divorce will soon be a single mother…or is that father? Many are confused because once you mess with Divine order, insanity rules. From two women, to transgender union, to marriage, to parenthood, and now headed for divorce court, […]

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 […]