Author Archive for Patti Maguire Armstrong

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 […]

iConfess
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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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La Mama

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One of life’s curious ironies is that a person can “have it all” but in reality have nothing.  Likewise, a person can seem to have nothing and yet have everything–everything that matters that is. Mother Antonia or Madre Antonia as she is known in Mexico is just such a contradiction; filled to overflowing with love […]

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The Gift of Aging

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Well, it happened. I did not think it would but it did. I got old. You laugh. Doesn’t everybody, unless they meet their maker early? Yes, I knew it and you knew it, but be honest: you never really thought it would happen either, did you? Hanging Onto the Years Oh, we knew the birthdays […]

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Saintly Survival of the Teen Years

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There’s a bit of a theological disagreement when it comes to heaven. Some believe we will understand all of life’s mysteries and have all our questions answered there. Others expect that basking in the glory of the Almighty will satisfy all desires. Curiosity will simply not exist. My guess is the latter theory is most […]

Mary, Our Mother, in the Bible
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Mary, Our Mother, in the Bible

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When I returned the Catholic faith, or became what some like to call a “revert,” something new was added to my life that was not present before: devotion to Mary.  Actually, I believe it was Mary who brought me home, as so many mothers do their lost children. Having mixed with a fair share of […]

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