Carrie Gress

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The Fascinating Link Between Lepanto and Our Lady of Guadalupe

Recently, much attention has been given to the 1571 Battle of Lepanto, where the outnumbered Christian alliance defeated the Muslim Turks, protecting Europe from the further spread of Islam. As I’ve discovered while researching a new book, this...

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Thanks to John Paul II, Vibrant Faith Emerges From Soviet Drabness

For several years I organized the Tertio Millennio Seminar in Krakow that every July brings together 10 students from America, 10 from Poland and 10 from other countries that were previously part of the Soviet Union. I first went as a participant...

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Polish General Kościuszko, Great American Revolutionary

This 4th of July it seems appropriate to look at one of the great contributors to American Independence. Polish-born General Tadeusz Kościuszko is no stranger to history buffs, but to many Americans today his contribution to our freedom is little...

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The Hidden Connection Between Mary and Divine Mercy

For many years I’ve marveled about the “coincidence” of three highly influential saints living in Krakow at roughly the same moment in history: St. Faustina Kowalska, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and Pope St. John Paul II. George Weigel has pointed out...

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Meet the Real-Life Marilisa From “Unplanned”

For those who have seen “Unplanned,” Marilisa Carney (played by Emma Elle Roberts) is portrayed as the gentle, persistent and loving soul who befriends Abby Johnson, despite the enormous fence and the even bigger ideology wall separating them....

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The Freedom of Working Girls

March is Women’s History Month and the annual celebration of International Women’s Day. Magazines, networks and organizations have taken the month to feature the career achievements of many women, while adding suggestions about how they can be...

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4 Ways St. Faustina Shows Us How to Pray for Our Country

This article originally appeared at the Register on Oct. 24, 2016.   As the presidential election looms, now seems like a good time to pray for our country. There is no doubt that America is in an unprecedented struggle – a struggle that goes...

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How to Switch from Martha to Mary in an Instant

At some point in every woman’s life one desires the advice of someone older and wiser; to provide counsel about how to manage each day, negotiate odd predicaments or navigate pitfalls.  There is a long Catholic tradition of selecting a saint to...

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A Powerful Evangelical Force is Right Under Our Noses

By all accounts, she was just a tired old woman, destined to spend the rest of her life in the shadows, far away from the splendor of her earlier years. Her husband had divorced her for a newer and more powerful model. All she had left in the...

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A Talk With ‘Before I Was Me’ Author Frank Fraser

It was just like any other dinner hour at our household, with Dad and the mail arriving together. My 3-year-old excitedly tried to pry open the white box that looked like it might be a book. Perhaps it was a book for him, he hoped against hope....