Patti Armstrong

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4 Phases of Deliverance, According to an Exorcist

Sin infects the soul and the usual remedy is the sacrament of confession. But if the devil is making his presence known and his grip is not loosened in this ordinary way, the help of an exorcist may be called for. Besides possession — which is...

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How Blessed Solanus Casey Answered My Prayers for My 92-Year-Old Father

It was a silly prayer request — ridiculous really — asking for my father’s aneurysm to heal. Not because he was 92, but because I had not considered the logistics. He was two weeks away from surgery, so if it did heal, how would anyone know that...

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Let the Saints of Christmas Bring You Peace and Joy

Advent and Christmas is a most wonderful time of the year — and laden with stress if we let it. But lists that grow, shopping fatigue, bad assembly directions and too much eggnog all have a reset button. If we stop to take a breath, we can ask...

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The World Watched While Bismarck Decided on Refugee Resettlement

When traffic backs up for 2 miles in Bismarck, North Dakota, it has to be for something big. And so it was. On Dec. 9, the largest crowd for a public hearing that anyone could remember gathered in the Horizon Middle School cafeteria. It was...

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The Miraculous Roses of Our Lady of Guadalupe

While many people know the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s appearance in Mexico to Juan Diego on Dec. 12, 1531, not everyone knows the significance that roses played in the miraculous event. Our family visited the shrine in 2006 and my husband...

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Let the Immaculate Conception Help You Prepare

No one has ever been better prepared for Christmas than the Blessed Mother. Despite the stress of needing to travel by donkey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, a four- to six-day journey over rough terrain with no place to stay at the end, Mary was...

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21 Holy Hacks for Advent

One of the best ways to experience the joy of Christmas is to have a good Advent, the time of preparing for our Savior. Amid a culture that wants to mute religion, now is especially an important time to intentionally make Christ the center of...

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10 Reasons to Reject Population Control and Celebrate Babies

God’s creation for humanity begins in the womb — a place where the devil wages war. Just as the satanic black mass mocks the actual holy Mass, so do pro-abortion slogans mock the Eucharist. This is my Body given up for you (Luke 22:19) becomes My...

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The Conversion of Kanye West

It seems that hip-hop superstar Kanye West has shaken off cultural depravity and chosen redemption. Over the last few months, he has proclaimed his love of Jesus Chris and a commitment to a new way of life. Kanye is one of the best-selling...

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An Exorcist and Psychiatrist Share Suggestions for Marriages

No one should stay in a marriage that poses a threat of danger, but otherwise staying and working at the relationship can bear great fruit. Msgr. John Esseff, a priest and exorcist from Scranton, Pennsylvania, understands both the difficulties of...