A 100 Year Walk with Christ
Catholic News & Inspiration with Patti Maguire Armstrong
by Patti Maguire Armstrong
5M ago
On most days, Jim Campagna’s starts the day driving himself morning Mass at either Cathedral of the Holy Spirit or St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Bismarck, North Dakota where he is a parishioner. Not back for someone who will turn 100 on December 21 this year.   "I put God first in my life.” he said in an interview after Mass. “I know every day might be my last day, but as long as I’m ready, that’s all that matters.” When he was born in 1923, life expectancy was 56.1 years for men and 58.5 for women. Antibiotics had not been invented yet—that would happen in 1928 with penicillin— so child ..read more
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St. Faustina’s Prayer to Take Away Worries About the Past and Future
Catholic News & Inspiration with Patti Maguire Armstrong
by Patti Maguire Armstrong
6M ago
Who among us has not worried about the future or been burdened with regrets?  It was a surprise when I recently began to re-read the Divine Mercy in my Soul Diary of Sister Faustina Kowalski to discover that the second entry in her notebook is a prayer to calm those fears for what may come tomorrow and regrets over what has already been.            This prayer from her notebook is included just prior to beginning her diary chronicling Jesus’s messages of Divine Mercy to her.  O My God When I look into the future, I am frightened, But why pl ..read more
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Guardian Angel to the Rescue!
Catholic News & Inspiration with Patti Maguire Armstrong
by Patti Maguire Armstrong
8M ago
Do angels really guard us and interact with us?   Paulie Ruby from Minot, North Dakota shared her story with me in was included in Amazing Grace for Mothers. It's powerful testimony that God has given us each an angel to watch over us.  One foggy morning I heard my son Dan's truck leave and I began to hustle. I was a slow starter this chilly morning and knew my husband would be waiting--not so patiently--for me to begin our own route.   We have an unusual family business--garbage hauling.  We called it Circle Sanitation (for family circle ..read more
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Why Do So Many People Fear Downs Syndrome Babies?
Catholic News & Inspiration with Patti Maguire Armstrong
by Patti Maguire Armstrong
9M ago
What kind of mother threatens her husband to abandon their newborn? In 2015, Ruzan Badalyan threatened divorce if the father, Samuel Forrest, refused to abandon their Down Syndrome newborn.  Samuel shared his story publicly. Samuel, a freelance business contractor had said: "I looked at this guy and I said, he's beautiful - he's perfect and I'm absolutely keeping him." But his wife gave him an ultimatum, that she would leave him if he kept their son. Monster! Many pro-lifers cried.  If only she had had an abortion, some felt. At the time, I thought,&nb ..read more
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Defend Us From Bullies
Catholic News & Inspiration with Patti Maguire Armstrong
by Patti Maguire Armstrong
9M ago
  Bullies are gunning for the righteous and innocent. Consider that they went after Jesus despite his miracles right before their eyes.  Our faith teaches us not to fear and to pray for our persecutors. Yet, self defense is consistent with our faith.  Nellie Edwards told a story as part of the Amazing Grace series of how her oldest son, John Paul once was called upon to defend his younger siblings against a couple of daunting bullies. He is now the homeschooling father of nine children striving to instill in them, the courage to defend both their faith and others. He ..read more
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The Miracle of Theresa Rose
Catholic News & Inspiration with Patti Maguire Armstrong
by Patti Maguire Armstrong
9M ago
“She’s alive!” the doctor announced, his voice filled  with the same relief that Kathryn Rossi felt. But no first  cry echoed through the delivery room. “I need a breathing  tube!” the doctor shouted.  As her baby disappeared behind a wall of doctors and  nurses, Kathryn and her husband, Robert, clasped hands.  Please, the couple prayed, our baby needs a miracle.  Kathryn and Robert had been overjoyed when they  learned they were expecting their fourth child. Their three  older children were just as thrilled. “I feel like I’ve won a  million ..read more
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Fr. Pacwa, Fr. Calloway, Fr. Riccardo Share Easy Ways to Grow in Holiness
Catholic News & Inspiration with Patti Maguire Armstrong
by Patti Maguire Armstrong
9M ago
              Increase your capacity for holiness through a closer walk with Jesus. Lent is the perfect time to take this walk with easy, fun, holy ideas to live thoughtfully and deepen your faith. Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Fr. Donald Calloway, and Fr. John Riccardo shared their holy habits in Holy Hacks: Everyday Ways to Live Your Faith and Get to Heaven. Fr. Donald Calloway, M.I.C., of the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, vocation direction and house superior of the Marian House of Studies in Steubenville, Ohio ..read more
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Miraculous Event by Our Lady of Nazareth
Catholic News & Inspiration with Patti Maguire Armstrong
by Patti Maguire Armstrong
9M ago
                  Through my husband’s brother who recently retired, we’ve learned a bit about geography and about a devotion to the Blessed Mother we had never heard of. He recently moved to the Portugese town of Nazaré, a beautiful town where many other Americans retire amid stunning natural beauty with sheer cliffs jutting above the Atlantic Ocean. There, is a magnificent Church dedicated to a miraculous event attributed to the Blessed Mother.    On the feast of Our Blessed Mother’s birthday, September 8, Our Lady of Naz ..read more
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A Mysterious Visitor Brings Last Meal
Catholic News & Inspiration with Patti Maguire Armstrong
by Patti Maguire Armstrong
9M ago
Mysterious visitors at dramatic moments often appear and disappear in hospitals.  I have interviewed several people over the years who have had such experiences.   Here is Katie Alveby’s touching story of such an event from Amazing Grace for Fathers. ~~~~~~ I  gazed out into a dreary Wednesday morning.  The steady stream of rain was fitting, as if even the sky were crying for my father.  Is he still alive? I sighed, wondering if  Dad had made it through the night.  He must be, I decided, or surely someone from the hospit ..read more
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Catholic News & Inspiration with Patti Maguire Armstrong
by Patti Maguire Armstrong
9M ago
          March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, is a religious holiday that has spread into the popular culture – just like the Catholic Irish people have spread throughout our population. More than one in ten Americans are Irish. Regardless of who your ancestors are, the saints are patrons to us all – related through the One Body in Christ. If you don’t have a drop of Irish blood, don’t let that stop you from joining in the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. After all, St. Patrick was not Irish either. He was born in 387 in Britain, which was controlled by R ..read more
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