Author Archive for Patti Maguire Armstrong

Why a Child is a Good Idea
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Why a Child is a Good Idea

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Today, in “Annie’s Mailbox” newspaper column, a woman who admitted having no desire for children wrote: “Babies are messy, leaky, smelly and noisy, as well as demanding and expensive.” The woman is accurate. It is not logical to have a child. A baby will drain your bank account and rob you of sleep.  It will […]

Vending Machine Morality
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Vending Machine Morality

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Quarters can’t buy protection against STD’s. Even without religion, the facts speak the truth. Peace of mind is free. When a former college president shared that he had installed vending machines with condoms in the girls’ dorms, my face must have betrayed disapproval.  After a pregnant pause, (sorry, couldn’t resist) he further explained, “The girls […]

How I Met St. Jude
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How I Met St. Jude

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My own life did not take on a deep spiritual dimension until I was pregnant with my fourth child.  But, once I turned seriously to prayer and saw the results, I became hooked.   It began when my husband Mark lost his job.  For the first time we consciously put our lives in God’s hands.  Whenever […]

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Grouchy Treasures

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When you stop to count your blessings, do not forget to give God a big thank you to for all the difficult people in your life.  Those cranks that cross your path and darken your doorway are just bursting with the potential to bless you. Every person who provokes you is an opportunity, but it […]

The World’s Worst and Best Ideas
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The World’s Worst and Best Ideas

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As a writer, I find that my thoughts quickly turn into articles in my head. A recent at-rest thought was:  What are the worst ideas in the world? High heels were my first thought. Heels prove that vanity lacks wisdom. Feet are for walking; high heels are anti-walking so regardless of what’s in your shoe […]

<em>Who’s Got You?</em> 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 […]

A Turtle’s Path to Jesus
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A Turtle’s Path to Jesus

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During the Sixties, dime stores sold baby painted turtles. The little green sea creatures were displayed in a big open tank just next to the tropical fish. Children could pick them up or just watch them climb all over one another.  I loved those little turtles and still to this day, they evoke a nostalgic […]

Movie Review: <em>Have a Little Faith</em>
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Movie Review: Have a Little Faith

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[wp_carousel]ID[/wp_carousel] For some people, the journey towards God begins through relationships with people. Mitch Albom, a Detroit Free Press sportswriter who wandered far from his Jewish roots, experienced God through two very different men: one a Jewish rabbi and the other an African American pastor of a poor, inner-city Detroit church. The story is dramatized […]

A Parent’s Deepest Pain
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A Parent’s Deepest Pain

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Yesterday, someone close to me shared the pain of his son’s incarceration due to drug abuse and brushes with the law.  Also this week, I received a letter from a prisoner sentenced to twenty years for meth. He was a graduate of St. Mary’s High school where my kids go.  After reading Amazing Grace for […]

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Ten Good Reasons to Get Excited About the New (Revised, that is) Mass

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It’s almost here!  The new Mass — from the revised Roman Missal — is coming November 27, so we should not just get prepared but excited too.  I do admit, however, that I have a preference to stick with what I already know.  For instance, every new computer program and most of the technology in my world, […]

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Which is Worst Kind of Catholic?

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Is it better to be an ex-Catholic or cultural Catholic? An ex-Catholic is on the outside of the fullness of faith while a cultural Catholic is on the inside but not getting it–or rather not accepting it. An ex-Catholic has left a church he probably didn’t understand.  Otherwise, he would not have walked away from […]

Movie Review: <em>The Mighty Macs</em>
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Movie Review: The Mighty Macs

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The Mighty Macs is the kind of film that makes you want to cheer from your seats. It’s a Cinderella in basketball sneakers story of an underdog earning the crown. The film is based on the true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata University women’s basketball team. This small — under 800 students — Catholic women’s […]

<em>St. Mary’s Messenger</em>, Catholic Magazine for Kids
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St. Mary’s Messenger, Catholic Magazine for Kids

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How would you like to be splashed with water as you walk down the street?  In Poland, that’s how they say, “Happy Easter!” If you had read last Easter’s issue of St. Mary’s Messenger magazine for children, you would have known that.   I recently stumbled upon St. Mary’s Messenger through a phone call from Kris […]

Mother Teresa and Me... and Me Too
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Mother Teresa and Me… and Me Too

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Some things are meant to be shared.  Friendship with Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta is one of those things.  I personally know three people who were friends with Mother Teresa and like a second-class relic, those second-class friendships leave me feeling somehow closer to her.  Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is one of those friends who was […]

Purposeful Detours
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Purposeful Detours

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Sometimes our journey is lined with detours. We think we know where God wants us to be but then he sends us in another direction. For Pete Bauer, every time he seemed to draw closer to his goal, he was sent down another road.  In the end, however, every detour proved to be a time […]

Do All Dogs Go to Heaven?
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Do All Dogs Go to Heaven?

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I’m an animal lover.  At this time, two dogs, a cat, and a hamster are part of our family.  For ten years, I’ve uplifted the spirits of nursing home residents and staff by bringing dogs in to visit. My kids and I regularly witness the power of our furry friends.   At one nursing home, there […]

Re-branding the College of St. Mary Magdalen
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Re-branding the College of St. Mary Magdalen

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The College of St. Mary Magdalen in Warner, New Hampshire, has had a make-over.  On October 16 of 2010, this small liberal arts college rededicated itself to rigorous intellectual and spiritual formation while unveiling a new name: the College of Saint Mary Magdalen. The name was modified to serve notice that the Catholic identity remained […]

<em>Exposed</em>
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Exposed

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No means No. Duh! you might be thinking. What else could it mean?  Well, for some men “no” translates to mean, “yes”. And for law enforcement officials, “no” could mean a charge of rape.  But I’m getting ahead of myself. This all begins with Shannon Deitz’s book, Exposed: Inexcusable Me, Irreplaceable Him. It is a […]

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iConfess

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I have a confession to make. Recently, I made a solemn vow — never again to participate in another voting contest. I promised this to all my friends and family but before I carried out the vow, I begged them to vote for my ugly floor. It was an ugly floor contest and the prize […]

What’s Up with Suffering?
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What’s Up with Suffering?

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Dear God, I don’t get it! is the name of my children’s book and it’s also the message I’ve heard through the years when bad things happen to good people.  Whenever the weight of the cross presses upon us, we tend to feel somewhat betrayed.  Why me Lord?  I don’t get it!  I pray and […]

The Prom Dress
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The Prom Dress

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Having a large family brings many blessings. One that might surprise some people is the blessing of not having enough money.  Most people would not understand how less could be more. After all, part of the reason large families became an endangered species is because so many couples stress about money when contemplating more children, […]

Intercessor of the Unborn
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Intercessor of the Unborn

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It’s been a month since the passing of Dr. Bernard Nathanson who died of cancer at the age of 84.  I’ve been waiting for NARAL (originally known as the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws) to offer some tribute to this man who was a founding member of their group. And where has […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, and everyone is Irish today — if not in fact, at least in spirit.  Come on now, don’t be an old Druid!  Regardless of your nationality, St. Patrick is a saint for everyone. It’s not just because I’m half Irish or that my parents named me after St. Patrick, […]

Does it Really Matter?
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Does it Really Matter?

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While getting ready for a dance at the University of Detroit during a freshman college orientation weekend, I had a life changing experience. It was a moment of awakening that has stayed with me for over thirty years. The roommate I was assigned for the weekend was a tall, slim girl with short black hair.  […]

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