Marge Fenelon

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‘The Angel of the Lord Declared Unto Mary’

I was completely unfamiliar with the Angelus until I met my husband. We had never prayed it in my childhood home, and even though I went to a Catholic grade school, it was not prayed there, either. I knew it existed, but the first time I actually...

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How to Explain the Immaculate Conception to a Skeptic

For many, the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is the hardest to believe of all the Church’s teachings. The idea of Mary having been completely sinless can be hard to believe and even misinterpreted. That’s why knowing how to explain it to...

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When Bad Memories Make It Hard to Give Thanks

It’s been going on for some time already. The social media posts, web links, commercials and print advertisements that announce it’s time to gear up for Thanksgiving. They assure us that, if we shop at the right super market, use the right...

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This Church-Museum is a Precious Gem

In my travels, I’ve seen a lot of museums, but I’ve never seen one quite like St. Martin Catholic Church in Starkenburg, Missouri. The museum is a church and the church is a museum. It’s fascinating. In 1847, German settlers from Hermann,...

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So It Begins: Forgiveness, Healing, and Peace

So it begins. Yesterday, the UPS driver dropped a large, heavy box at my doorstep. I saw him drive up, and watched as he slid the box onto my front porch. I watched him drive away, still standing in my kitchen, motionless. I knew what was inside...

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Fatima Going Forward: The Next 100 Years

Hard to believe. We’re already at the end of the Year of Fatima – the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Between May 13 and Oct. 13, 2017, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared six times to...

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Fightin’ Words? Let Our Lady of the Rosary Fight the Battle for You

Lately, I’ve had a crazy image in my head of the old Looney Tunes character, Yosemite Sam. Whenever someone said something that challenged him or rubbed him the wrong way, he’d scowl, draw his guns, and growl, “Them’s fightin’ words!” If the...

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3 Things We Can Learn from the Little Flower

St. Thérèse of Lisieux is undoubtedly one of the Church’s most cherished saints. All of the saints are precious to us, but there are things about the Little Flower that makes her personable, relatable, and understandable. One could write volumes...

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When “Take a Knee” Meant Adoring our Lord

It's a big deal now.  Ever since San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kapaernick refused to stand during the United States national anthem last year, more and more NFL players have joined the bandwagon. Kapaernick sat, but the new “thing” is to...

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St. Matthew: From Publican to Apostle

I love the stories of how Jesus called his Apostles. When I read them in Scripture or hear them in the readings at Mass, I’m drawn into the anticipation and excitement of the scenes. It takes me back to my grade-school days, when we’d play...