Author Archive for Patti Maguire Armstrong

Sugar-Coating Abortion
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Sugar-Coating Abortion

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Remember the days when pregnant women were told it was just a clump of cells and not a baby? Who wouldn’t mind getting rid of a clump of something? Then, sonograms were invented and revealed stages of fetal development and well, what the heck, it turns out there were babies in there. Who knew? The […]

The Hope of Lepanto: the Feast of the Holy Rosary
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The Hope of Lepanto: the Feast of the Holy Rosary

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We are not to lose hope even in the face of the nightly evening news. We have Jesus and all the treasures of the Catholic Church. And on October 7, we have the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, also known as Our Lady of Victory. This feast is not just an example that […]

Catholic Dad—a Book to Inspire
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Catholic Dad—a Book to Inspire

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Society is schizophrenic on fatherhood. Studies show that by every conceivable measure, children are better off with fathers. Yet the entertainment world often portrays them as bumbling or non-essential. The feminist movement has furthered that notion because at least for some take-charge kind of women, men just get in the way anyways. But it isn’t […]

Silence - Finger Over Mouth
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Guard Your Mouth to a Happier Marriage

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When we say I do we should also say, I won’t—I won’t use my words to hurt my spouse. Infidelity, addictions, and other major destructive behaviors can inflict mortal wounds on a marriage. But perhaps the greatest source of damage on relationships is the seemingly less harmful ones, particularly the cuts to the heart made through unkind speech. Sharp […]

When the Game Stands Tall
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When the Game Stands Tall

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It’s not about winning or losing but about how you play the game. Those words are usually reserved for losing teams, but legendary football coach, Bob Ladouceur, who shattered the record for all American sports, taught his team to live them; win or lose. He took the Spartans of De La Salle High School in […]

How to Forgive When I Can’t Forget
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How to Forgive When I Can’t Forget

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While many people believe forgetting an injury is part of forgiveness, Fr. Justin Waltz, pastor of St. Leo’s Church in Minot, ND, suggested just the opposite during a retreat he gave. In fact, he stated that forgetting is not even possible. “The only type of forgetting I have heard of is stuffing,” he said during a […]

Pushing 50 and Pregnant
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Pushing 50 and Pregnant

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Out of habit, I still had an extra home pregnancy kit around. When a pink line emerged indicating a positive result, it took my breath away. “Well, okay; here we go,” I thought.  I would be 47 and Mark 48 when the baby was due.  At ages 50 and 51, we would have a 3-year-old.  Our family numbered […]

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is for Real
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is for Real

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One summer afternoon during the Sixties, I watched as pods from another planet grew replacement bodies to invade the human race with duplicate, soul-less creatures.  After watching the original version of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as an eight-year-old, I felt fearful walking around my neighborhood as if there was something out there. Many years later, […]

Son of God on Screen
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Son of God on Screen

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There are less people spending time with the Bible than with Facebook.  Having the Word of God get passed over by social media is sad.  Yet, as mere flesh and blood we are so easily distracted.  But it’s Jesus we are talking about—our Savior who suffered and died for us.  Can we have a little […]

Grace Uplugged, The Story of the Ages
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Grace Uplugged, The Story of the Ages

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Good versus good hardly seems like a movie plot, but in Grace Unplugged  Divine good versus worldly goods is pitted against one another. At the heart of the conflict is the pull of a Father’s love and concern for his 18-year-old daughter and her push to get out from under his shadow and make it […]

Gimme Shelter, Based on a True Pro-life Story
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Gimme Shelter, Based on a True Pro-life Story

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One of the stupidest things I ever said was to two street urchins in Dublin, Ireland. My friend Margie and I were college students headed back to our bed and breakfast after a night on the town. The two bedraggled boys of around 8 or 9 years of age had asked us for candy. “Go […]

The Last Best New Year’s Resolution
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The Last Best New Year’s Resolution

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I suggest making one last resolution for the New Year: stop making them.  Within the first month, most people have broken their resolutions anyways.  Ask any health club manager about the January spike that levels out by February.  You don’t need the first day of January to improve your life; you need God.  Life is […]

Listen to the Pope and Take Heart
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Listen to the Pope and Take Heart

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“I’m delighted that Pope Francis has been garnering a great deal of news coverage,” Bishop David Kagan of the Diocese of Bismarck, ND said during a recent media day conference, “but his candor can be disarming to some. It is generating media coverage that often takes words out of context, then misleads people.”   Kagan cautioned […]

Mary's Moms - Taking it to the Next Level
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Mary’s Moms – Taking it to the Next Level

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“Hey Patti, I’m getting serious about praying for my family. I’m going to do a 40-day fast and daily rosary, do you want to join me?” My friend Shellie Rusch asked me this recently.  She has six kids and we have a spiritual sisterhood in many ways. As a wife and mother of ten, I […]

Grace Unplugged, St. Augustine, and Miley Cyrus
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Grace Unplugged, St. Augustine, and Miley Cyrus

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Good versus good hardly seems like a movie plot, but in Grace Unplugged in theaters October 4th, Divine good and worldly goods are pitted against one another. At the heart of the conflict is the pull of a father’s love and concern for his 18-year-old daughter and her push to get out from under his […]

Book Review: Totally Catholic
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Book Review: Totally Catholic

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Our children are often the impetus that draws us closer to God.  In between diapers, sleepless nights and planning for college, parents contemplate something more. For many poorly catechized Catholics, however, the “something more” is a bit intimidating. Our children have souls that need more than the ABC’s and a good college fund, but where […]

The Catholic Factor in Schooling
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The Catholic Factor in Schooling

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Suppose your son is a sixth grader and his male teacher just married another man.  If it happens at a Catholic school, the teacher would be fired as has happened at schools in Ohio and California. If it is at a public school, it is likely a non-issue to administrators. In the latter case, you […]

How Can I Forgive When I Can't Forget?
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How Can I Forgive When I Can’t Forget?

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While many people believe forgetting an injury is part of forgiveness, Fr. Justin Waltz, pastor of St. Leo’s Church in Minot, ND, suggested just the opposite. In fact, he stated that forgetting is not even possible. “The only type of forgetting I have heard of is stuffing,” he said during a retreat presentation and added, “The […]

The Most Important Issue of our Lifetime
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The Most Important Issue of our Lifetime

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Our country is at a very, very serious crossroads,” warns Michael Warsaw President & CEO of Eternal Word Television Network, Inc. In the newly released documentary, Domestic Threats to Religious Liberty, Warsaw refers to the 2012 HHS Mandate’s coercion of all employers to provide gravely immoral services as, “the most important issue in our lifetime.” Catholics Witnesses in […]

What do Robin Hood and Pope Francis Have in Common?
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What do Robin Hood and Pope Francis Have in Common?

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Robin Hood is a legendary folk hero who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. He is said to have revolted under a corrupt king (scholars do not agree on which king) by stealing from the rich then redistributing it to the poor. The point of Robin Hood is less about actual history […]

Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah
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Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah

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When you fall in love, you want to spend as much time together as possible and learn all you can about your loved one.  For author Chris Stepien, his ebook Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah was about love.  His love of God led Stepien to want to know him better. His love […]

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 […]

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