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Author Archive: Patti Maguire Armstrong

Patti Maguire Armstrong and her husband have ten children. She is an award-winning author and was managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press’s Amazing Grace Series. Her newest books are: Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families, a collection of stories to inspire family love, and Dear God, I Don't Get It and the sequel, Dear God, You Can't Be Serious; children's fiction that feeds the soul through a fun and exciting story.
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Why Pray Novenas?

January 10, AD2016 1 Comment
Why Pray Novenas?

Catholics get criticized for including the Blessed Mother in their prayer lives, but then, on top of that, they pray to the saints. We are told in 1 Timothy 2:5, that there is only one mediator between God and man and it’s Jesus Christ. So why on earth would we waste precious time in prayer […]

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Falling in Love is a Terrible Reason to Marry

December 20, AD2015 7 Comments
Falling in Love is a Terrible Reason to Marry

Falling in love happens in a cloud of emotion. It’s euphoric and all encompassing. And temporary. It is also a bad reason to marry. In the days of arranged marriages, people entered the union based on other issues such as land mergers and power. I’m not recommending that. The bar was set pretty low for […]

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Endangered!

November 3, AD2015 2 Comments
Endangered!

Endangered! What is the difference between a housefly, an armored snail and an unborn baby? Answer: only one of these creatures is valued enough to be protected by law. That special status goes to the armored snail. It’s an honor shared by many (hundreds) of insects, fish, reptiles, birds, mammals and even plants listed by […]

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Is Pope Francis Too Popular with Liberals?

October 1, AD2015 9 Comments
Is Pope Francis Too Popular with Liberals?

Pope Francis took the U.S. by storm for 6 days. It was noteworthy that CNN, a secular station with liberalism in its DNA, broadcasted his final Mass and departure. After being glued to EWTN for days, I watched CNN, curious to see how they would treat the Pope. The two commentators–one a recent Catholic revert […]

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Cecile & Cecil: A Contrast in Values

September 9, AD2015 5 Comments
Cecile & Cecil: A Contrast in Values

As Walter Palmer, accidental killer of Cecil the Lion, returned to his dental practice this past Tuesday following 6 weeks of hiding from public outrage, I could not help but contrast the public responses to Cecile and Cecil. The name similarity between Cecile and Cecil at such a time as this is painfully ironic. Cecile […]

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The Devil is Out of the Closet and is a Liberal

August 12, AD2015 51 Comments
The Devil is Out of the Closet and is a Liberal

Ever since the devil convinced Adam and Eve to eat the apple, it has been game on!  In the past, he mostly worked undercover because obvious evil repelled most people. Of late, however, the devil feels safe enough to come out of the closet. He once operated under the cover of atheists like Madeline Murray […]

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Same-Sex Marriage, the Pill, and the Angels

July 8, AD2015 21 Comments
Same-Sex Marriage, the Pill, and the Angels

  So-called same sex marriage is rooted in 1960. It was then that the second most significant event in history occurred with the invention of the pill; the first most significant event of course being the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The pill radicalized the moral landscape, tearing down the value of sex […]

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A Catholic Version of Success

June 17, AD2015 2 Comments
A Catholic Version of Success

  If you were given the choice between worldly success, or failure, what would you choose? Oh, and if you choose success, it would lead you away from God while failure would draw you closer to him? Your choice? You want to bargain, don’t you? I want success and I promise to stay close to […]

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Rome and Turin with a Fitbit

May 20, AD2015 9 Comments
Rome and Turin with a Fitbit

A free Fitbit came with my recent phone upgrade the month before our family (8 out of 12 of us) flew to Rome. For the uninformed, it looks like a digital watch but also counts steps, mileage and lots more if you want to obsess about things like calories and how much water you drank. […]

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Book “Selfish” Not Christ-like

April 22, AD2015 112 Comments
Book “Selfish” Not Christ-like

Last week, I peeked into the epicenter of hedonism as it advances. I was working in the kitchen while watching the news. I kept the TV on when Entertainment Tonight followed. I’ll skip the Bruce Jenner sex change hoopla and get straight to story that made me shudder. (Nowadays, it takes a lot.) Famous person […]

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Haters Their Own Worst Enemy

March 25, AD2015 8 Comments
Haters Their Own Worst Enemy

Have you heard of the Sodomite Suppression Act? If not, sit down and brace yourself. Last month, attorney Matthew McLaughlin legally filed with the California Attorney General the proposed measure “The Sodomite Suppression Act.” It calls for “any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put […]

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Rape The Fifty Shades Way

February 25, AD2015 6 Comments
Rape The Fifty Shades Way

No one wanted to say: I told you so, but Christian leaders and abuse victims’ groups warned that glorifying sexual violence against a woman as entertainment would have ill effects. And so, here we go. A 19-year-old engineering student from the University of Illinois at Chicago was charged on Monday with aggravated criminal sexual assault […]

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Aim Higher Than Purgatory

January 21, AD2015 13 Comments
Aim Higher Than Purgatory

During a homily, I heard the story told of an elderly man who had converted to the Catholic faith on his deathbed. “Why now?” many wanted to know. “I’ve been thinking about it for awhile,” he explained. “The Catholics pray for their dead and the Protestants don’t. I want to be prayed for in case […]

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If We Don’t Know It’s Sin, Does It Hurt Us?

December 31, AD2014 7 Comments
If We Don’t Know It’s Sin, Does It Hurt Us?

It seems that people are less likely to recognize sin these days. So given that committing a sin requires a person to know it is a sin and freely choose it, does that mean there are less guilty people now? I posed this question to two priests: Monsignor Thomas Richter, Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of […]

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A Divine Mercy Christmas

December 3, AD2014 2 Comments
A Divine Mercy Christmas

What does Jesus want for Christmas? After all, it’s his birthday. And he has told us what he wants. When Jesus appeared to St. Faustina, to whom he entrusted his messages of Divine Mercy, he told her: “But child, you are not in your homeland: so fortify yourself by my grace and fight for My […]

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When Communion is Like Sex Outside Marriage

November 6, AD2014 8 Comments
When Communion is Like Sex Outside Marriage

I looked down at the half loaf of French bread that had just been handed to me. The Evangelical pastor had called it the body of Christ. It was the night before elections and a dozen comrades in the battle to pass a prolife measure were gathered to socialize and pray together. Half of us […]

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I Didn’t See It Coming

October 8, AD2014 43 Comments
I Didn’t See It Coming

Am I the only one that did not see this coming? This week, on Oct. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand appellate rulings in favor of same-sex “marriage.” I did not realize the keg of dynamite had been lit and was just waiting for the Supreme Court to allow the explosion of same-sex marriages […]

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Killer Grandparents

September 12, AD2014 8 Comments
Killer Grandparents

Across the country, pro-lifers battle for parental consent laws so that a girl as young as twelve can’t just walk into an abortion clinics and abort her baby. We know all too well that Planned Parenthood chronically aborts babies of young teens even to the point of helping to cover up sex trafficking of minors. […]

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Planned Parenthood’s 2014 Fails

August 13, AD2014 4 Comments
Planned Parenthood’s 2014 Fails

The year is only a little more than half over, but already it is turning out to be a very bad year for Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion provider. Here are some of the highlights–or in this case, lowlights. “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” an old adage goes. So Planned Parenthood’s plan […]

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Remote Control Contraception: Fertility be Damned!

July 16, AD2014 16 Comments
Remote Control Contraception: Fertility be Damned!

Imagine sending a text to your body for obligation-free sex. You’ll have to wait until 2018 before this invention goes on sale, but when it does, remote controls will do more than just turn on TV’s and cars. They will turn on and off fertility. Who could have imagined such a thing? Bill Gates—advocate of […]

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Want to Start an Argument? Just Say “Yoga”

June 19, AD2014 210 Comments
Want to Start an Argument?  Just Say “Yoga”

Yelling “fire” in a crowded theater can get you into trouble. So can saying “yoga” in a group of Catholics. I just do it for the stretches, I don’t do anything religious. It’s evil…the work of the devil. Oh please! The next thing you’ll be telling me is the number 13 brings bad luck. Practicing […]

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I’m a Criminal, a Bigot, and my Rosary is on Your Ovaries

May 19, AD2014 27 Comments
I’m a Criminal, a Bigot, and my Rosary is on Your Ovaries

Recently, after successfully getting through airport security, I began to reassemble my luggage and myself. I overheard the man behind me apologize. “Oh, I’m sorry, I thought containers could be 4 ounces.” “No, sir, it’s 3.5 ounces.” I watched a TSA agent confiscate the offending items in the quest for safer skies. I did not […]

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Wendy Davis, Let\’s Talk

March 26, AD2014 75 Comments
Wendy Davis, Let\’s Talk

Hey Wendy, that was some filibuster you did as a state senator, last summer. Wow! 11 hours of non-stop talking in an attempt to defeat a bill that would stop abortion on unborn babies capable of feeling pain. Yet, in spite of all that talking, the bill did pass. Don’t blame yourself though. There were […]

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A 12 Step Plan for Narcissists

February 26, AD2014 9 Comments
A 12 Step Plan for Narcissists

It might be premature to announce that we\’ve hit rock bottom, but how much lower can we go? We have become a nation of addicts – addicted to ourselves. We need a recovery program for the self-absorbed. We don’t get to make the rules. Not on sex, or marriage, or life and death. Only God […]

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