Marge Fenelon

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Why You Should Make a Retreat

I just got back from a five-day retreat with my community of the Schoenstatt Movement. It was wonderful. Before going, I tied up all my loose ends – or as many as I could, as effectively as I could – and pledged to refrain from newsfeeds,...

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Be Thankful for the Pikes in Your Carp Pond

Not being much of a fisherman, I didn’t understand the analogy when I first read it. “A pike in a carp pond.” I knew that each of those was a type of fish, and I’d even seen some in person, but I had absolutely no idea what connection they had...

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Introducing Marian Pilgrimage: Discovering Mary Across the USA

For weeks on social media, I’ve been hinting about a new project I’ve been working on over the past year or so. Now it’s time to let the proverbial horses out of the stable. It’s time to introduce Marian Pilgrimage: Discovering Mary Across the...

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Feast of the Visitation: Could You Write Your Own Magnificat?

The Visitation is one of the most significant events in our Catholic faith tradition. Mary, newly pregnant with our Lord, traveled 70-some miles of rough territory to help her elderly cousin, Elizabeth. Elizabeth, who was thought to be barren,...

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There is Great Strength in Humility

Lately, I’ve taken to saying the Litany of Humility. It was recommended to me by a priest-friend as part of my spiritual exercises. I must admit that I balked at first. Me? In need of more humility? You’re kidding, right? I’m often told that I’m...

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Prayer: It’s Just Like Riding a Bike

My husband bought me a new bike for Mother’s Day. Well, it’s new to me, anyway. It’s one of those hybrid bikes, with the large-tread tires and shocks on the handle bars. He found it at a thrift store at a great price and if you didn’t know...

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Pray for Your Mom this Mother’s Day

I speak and write a lot about mothers. Particularly, I speak and write most often about Mother Mary. I really never, ever, can say or write enough about her! Just as often as I cover this subject in my work, I inevitably get responses and...

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Why Did Mary Appear to Children at Fatima?

Most of us, I think, are familiar with the Marian apparitions at Fatima, the 100th anniversary of which we celebrate this year. If you’re not familiar with them, here’s a (very) brief synopsis: In 1916, an angel appeared three times to three...

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations is About More than Just Priests and Nuns

This year marks the 54th anniversary of the first World Day of Prayer for Vocations initiated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, observed this Sunday – May 7. On this day, the Bishops have requested that we pray for vocations,...

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5 Ways to Make Mary’s Month (Extra) Special

Have you been too busy to consider how to honor Mary during her month of May? You’re not alone; plenty of us are grappling to come up with ways to show our devotion to the Blessed Mother. And if you’ve not yet considered it, well, it’s time you...