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Like the Apple of His Eye: Celebrating God’s Fatherhood This Father’s Day

In 1908, a West Virginia church held an event to honor the 362 men who had died the previous December in an explosion at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah. That became the first event specifically meant to honor fathers. The following...

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Father Patrick Peyton — America’s Rosary Crusader

It’s been said about Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton that he had an obsession but was not obsessed. This remark was made by one of Fr. Peyton’s dearest friends, Father Arthur McCormick. What Fr. McCormick was referring to specifically was the...

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Why the New Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church, is So Remarkable

This article originally appeared March 3, 2018, at the Register. The Monday after Pentecost will be different this year, and I’m delighted. That’s because the Catholic Church will be celebrating a new memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary on that...

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Live Your Faith With Holy Hacks

Wouldn’t it be great if we could discover an easy and sure-fire way to holiness? I think most of us would want that. I know I certainly would. Patti Maguire Armstrong has found not just one, but hundreds, of ways to simply and consistently become...

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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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‘Forgiveness Makes You Free’ Carries a Message for the World

I met Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga a few years back when I attended one of his healing services at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin. Prior to attending the service, all I knew about him was that he had survived the...

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Why Should You Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet?

Editor's Note: This blog was originally posted April 2, 2016.   When I first heard about the Divine Mercy Chaplet, I thought it was ridiculous. That was in the year 2000, when St. Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and granted universal...

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Give Up Worry for Lent — and Year-Round

I’ve been revisiting Gary Zimak’s book, Give Up Worry for Lent!: 40 Days to Finding Peace in Christ. (Ave Maria Press, 2019) I read through it sometime ago and have been using it as a guide for my Lent 2019 journey. It’s been a fruitful resource...

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Carrying the Sins of Others this Lent

I think most of us have our hands fully carrying our own sins. I know I do. By carrying our sins, I mean feeling their weigh, understanding the impact our actions have had on others, making amends and doing penance. It’s true that we all must...

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How I Fell for the Out-of-Gas Scam — Or Not

It’s happened more time than I can count. I’m heading to my car in the grocery or discount store parking lot and some guy carrying a gas can approaches me with a story about having run out of gas. He has no money and wonders if I can spare some...