Marge Fenelon

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Lent, Like Christmas, is the Season of the Divine Infant

It’s been my family’s longtime tradition to leave the Christmas decorations up until after the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Well, the Presentation has passed, and our decorations still are up and probably will be for quite some time...

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What Does It Mean to be Baptized?

Some time ago, I attended a Mass celebrated by a holy priest from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fr. Jean Pierre was studying at a Catholic university near my home in the Midwest and he often celebrated the weekly evening Mass held in the...

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5 Things about Jesus’ Baptism that Make Me Jump for Joy

I love the narrative of our Lord’s baptism. From John’s reaction to Jesus’ approach to the decent of the Dove and the Father’s proclamation, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased,” it makes me want to jump for joy. There is a lot...

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Mary is an Epiphany Star, Leading Us to the Light of Our Lord

I love the feast of Epiphany. Not only is it one of the six Christmas dates we should not forget, but also it’s a reminder that we should search for the “Little Epiphanies” in our own lives – the times that our Lord reveals himself to us in...

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Feeling Down? Let the Holy Family Adopt You

There was a period of time after my dad died that I felt lonely and alone, especially during the holidays. Dad passed away when I was 15, my siblings were grown and out of the house and I was left at home with my mom. Those were tough years and...

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The O! Antiphons and the O! in Our Hearts

The Second Part of Advent is upon us. That’s not a casual phrase I’m using to describe the coming of Christmas. It’s a long-standing custom of the Catholic Church that’s been part of our liturgical season of Advent since at least the eighth...

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How to Explain the Immaculate Conception to a Skeptic

For many, the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is the hardest to believe of all the Church’s teachings. The idea of Mary having been completely sinless can be hard to believe and even misinterpreted. That’s why knowing how to explain it to...

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Why Thanksgiving Should Be About More Than Food

This Thanksgiving, families will gather around the table to share a banquet of foods traditional to the holiday – roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, pumpkin pie and more. We do this in imitation and commemoration of the...

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The Power of the War Room

Most of us are bothered, at least from time to time, by the tricks, temptations, deceptions and interference of Satan and his demons, especially when we’re trying to do good for God. He seems ever determined to derail us from drawing closer to...

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The Dual Meaning of Light

I had a ton of work piled on my desk and a handful of writing deadlines looming. Unfortunately, my lax creativity didn’t give a hoot about what needed to get done — I was void of even so much as an inkling. I decided to coax my creativity by...