Marge Fenelon

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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...

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What Are the Seven Sorrows of Mary?

We tend to think of Mary as the Sorrowful Mother during Lent. We know from Scripture that she was there, standing at the foot of the Cross with the Apostle John. She’s mentioned twice when we pray the Stations of the Cross – in the Fourth...

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Obedient to Death: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

There is a line in the Mass readings for September 14 that grabs my heart every time I read it or hear it proclaimed: …he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. (Phil 2:8) September 14 is the day that the Catholic...

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Happy Birthday, Dear Mother Mary!

I only recently was introduced to the “gender reveal” custom, even though it’s a trend that’s been around for a few years already. With the new ultrasound technology, medical professionals can ascertain whether a child in the womb is a boy or...

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Once in a Thousand Years: Hurricane Harvey’s Impact on All of Us

Even before Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, weather forecasters and federal agencies knew it was going to be a bad one. Slamming into the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane, it ravaged coastal areas of the Lone Star State and...

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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...