Patti Armstrong

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Once Again, Melinda Gates is Wrong About Catholic Teaching

Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and a global advocate for women, is the author of the new book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. She also identifies as a Catholic, although one who knows better than...

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10 Ways to Bring Mary Into Your Life

Running out of wine at the Wedding at Cana was not the Blessed Mother’s problem, but she made it her concern. I want to be one of Mary’s concerns. The Blessed Mother provides divine symmetry; God went through her to get closer to us and we can...

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Celebrating Mother’s Day When Mother Didn’t Celebrate You

Mother’s Day extols the love and appreciation children have for their mothers. But what of those struggling to recover from abusive or neglectful childhoods who see Mother’s Day as a reminder of a love they missed? I have a degree in social work...

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Father Flanagan is an Intercessor for Our Times

I recently found a hero to help heal our cultural wounds. I am appealing to Father Edward Flanagan, the Irish American founder of Boys Town, to pray for us. With my Irish Catholic heritage, social work degree, and past experience running a group...

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The Holiness of Priests Makes the Entire Church Holy

Anti-Catholicism aside, there is good reason for stronger backlash against scandal in the priesthood compared with other professions. The fall of a priest is a bigger evil. Priests are in persona Christi—in the person of Christ. They give us the...

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What You Should Know About ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

As a little girl growing up in Taos, New Mexico, Monica Cogan sat on her Catholic grandmother’s lap and listened to stories of Spanish folklore. “They usually had lessons attached,” she explained.  One of the stories was The Curse of La...

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Would Brain Enhancement Through a Pill be Cheating?

Can you cheat without cheating? It was a question that character Merlin Jones wanted to know in the 1964 Disney movie, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones. Merlin was a college student who experimented with mind-reading and hypnotism. At one point,...

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20 Holy Hacks for Driving

Cars can be vehicles for holiness. They can also lead to near occasions of sin or simply be nothing more than a mode of transportation. So, Heaven, Hell, or planet Earth are all possible destinations when you get behind the wheel. Of course, we...

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20 Holy Hacks for Passiontide

Is your Lent stalling a bit in these final days? A sloppy fasting day, a forgotten sacrifice, or a moment of oh-well-no-big-deal with a later hangover of regret, can leave us feeling guilty. Or like that halo is passing us by. Regardless,...

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Who Rates Our Movies?

I once walked out of a PG-13 movie (free tickets) thinking I must not have realized it was an R. It was not. And I’m not a church lady. Well, actually, I guess I am. So, the argument can be made that I’m not mainstream, but the gratuitous sex...