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About Patti Maguire Armstrong

Patti Maguire Armstrong and her husband have ten children. She is an award-winning author and was managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press’s Amazing Grace Series. Her newest books are: Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families, a collection of stories to inspire family love, and Dear God, I Don't Get It and the sequel, Dear God, You Can't Be Serious, children's fiction that feeds the soul through a fun and exciting story. Facebook. Family website. My blog. Twitter.

True Freedom Through Prayer

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“What the world most needs today is prayer,” according to Fr. Jacques Philippe, author and retreat master. His books on prayer and spirituality are printed in 18 languages and have sold over 500,000 copies. “Faithfulness to prayer is a path of freedom,” he writes in his newest book, Thirsting for Prayer.  He explains that prayer is more about spending time with God than asking for things.... Read More

Envy: The No Win Sin (Part II of II)

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In our previous post on envy, we looked at what envy is and how it manifests in our lives.  Today, we will examine the difference between envy and jealousy and talk about getting some prayer and perspective on this issue. Jealousy and Envy There is a difference between jealousy and envy. They are often used in the same way, but are two different things.  Jealousy is the feeling that someone has something... Read More

Journey with Jesus Through “Meditations for Lent”

February 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Lent, Patti Maguire Armstrong

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I do not want to meet Jesus on my deathbed. I want him to already be close so that death is something we do together, just as in life. Jesus told us to strive to enter eternity by the narrow door (cf Luke 13:24). That directive can leave us fearful. Is our life leading us to the narrow door? How do we get there? “But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back,... Read More

Exorcist Interview About Recent Possession

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Parish Priest Aids Family in Fight Against Demons In an exclusive National Catholic Register interview, Father Michael Maginot discusses his role in serving as an exorcist to help an Indiana family who appeared to be afflicted by demonic possession. It was the most bizarre situation in thirty years of his priesthood, according to Father Michael Maginot of St. Stephen Martyr Church in Merrillville,... Read More

Envy: The No Win Sin (Part I of II)

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Let’s play the “What if…” game. What if you just lost your job while your co-worker received a promotion and a big raise?  Would you be happy for him? What if a parent that was often critical of your children, found out that her child was just caught for cheating?  Would you feel the slightest bit of satisfaction? What if your child dropped out of school while a friend’s child was just... Read More

On Emperors and Beanie Babies

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Most everyone knows of the fabled emperor that paraded the streets in his undergarments, believing he was adorned in the finest of cloth that only the foolish could not see.  Lest he admit being a fool, he feigned witnessing the imaginary fabric and played the biggest fool of all.  The crowd, also fearing being taken for fools, participated in the charade.  Not until a child, lacking guile and pretentiousness,... Read More

Take the Joyful Challenge

January 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Joy, Patti Maguire Armstrong

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Lately, when I check the next-day weather report, I half-expect fire and brimstone to be in the forecast.  It seems that it should be “time’s up” for the world’s silliness aka. spiritual degradation to the nth degree. I cannot help but wonder why God is holding back.  He is so very patient with us.  I’m not doing nearly as well in that department. Catholics don’t believe in the rapture... Read More

Peace On Earth Requires Peace On Our Hearts

December 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Spiritual Direction

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Why is it that the smallest inconvenience can set some people off while others maintain calm in the face of great adversity?  What is the difference between those who know peace on earth, and those who don’t? The difference is in how they approach life and what they bring to it. These people possess a seemingly unshakable peace, stronger than life’s inevitable stresses. Here is a list of things... Read More

Take Jesus to Work Because the Devil Will be There

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“Business is business,” as the saying goes.  It sometimes means to check Jesus at the door.  Outside of religious organizations, the chain of command does not usually recognize God as the real CEO. What’s God got to do with business?  After all, not everyone even believes in him. So, why should God have a place in the workday?   A big reason is because the devil never calls in sick for work.... Read More

The Mouth as a Lethal Weapon

November 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Patti Maguire Armstrong

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We have all done it–said too much or said the wrong thing and regretted it later. Too often, opening our mouths releases gossip, complaints, or destructive words. Our tongue is a concealed weapon—the most lethal. “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matt 10:28). A gun or knife can wound... Read More