Patti Armstrong

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Fatima’s St. Jacinta Died 100 Years Ago Today

What does a little 9-year-old girl who died a century ago have to teach us today? So much, in the case of Jacinta Marto. She is the youngest, non-martyred canonized saint. Feb. 20, 2020, marks 100 years since she entered heaven. Jacinta and her...

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Looking Death in the Face and Surrendering

Not knowing if our son was dead or alive was a horrifying moment. My body shook uncontrollably as I prayed, “Your will be done, Lord, but if it’s possible, please save him.” I knew God could do anything. What I did not know was if our 10-year-old...

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5 Russian Orthodox Priests Touch Souls on French ‘The Voice’

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm and joy to life and to everything.” —Plato   With music’s transcendent power, language does not even matter. Just listen to the...

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Bring the Face of Jesus to Your City or Town

A picture maybe be worth a thousand words, but there is one that is worth far more—the image of the face of Jesus from the Shroud of Turin. If Jesus left his image on a burial cloth that still exists and confounds scientists, then surely there is...

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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...