Marge Fenelon

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The Assumption of Mary is So Beautiful, I’m Gonna Die!

I’m smitten by the 2010 Illumination Entertainment film, “Despicable Me,” as well as its 2013 sequel, “Despicable Me 2.”  In the (Gasp! Horrifying!) chance, you’ve not seen either film, the basic premise is that mastermind criminal, Gru, adopts...

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The Drug Addict Next Door

At first, I judged her. Then, I pitied her. Then, I got angry at her. Now, I’m a mix of pity, consternation, and fear of the young woman next door who is addicted to drugs. It’s turned into a mess, and there’s been some violence over there...

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Why Support Catholic Media?

For the past three days, I’ve been at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumberg, Illinois for the combined Catholic Writers Guild Live! Conference/Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show. This is the 21st year of...

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Take a Peek Inside a Historic “Painted Church” of Texas

“The Holy Spirit is at work here,” one of the parishioners said to me after Mass. I believe him. I could feel it for myself. St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plantersville, Texas is one of the historic “Painted Churches of Texas,” and I visited...

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Miracles Still Reported at the Site of the First Marian Apparition in the U.S.

My visit to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is the first of nine journeys as part of Marian Pilgrimage: Discovering Mary Across the USA. You can learn more about this project here. You can follow my future journeys and send your...

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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...