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About Patti Maguire Armstrong

Patti Maguire Armstrong is a correspondent for the National Catholic Register and OSV newspaper. She is an award-winning author and was the managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press’ bestselling Amazing Grace series. Her latest book is Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families. She has appeared on EWTN, Catholic TV, Fox & Friends, and numerous radio programs across the country. Patti studied a year of journalism at University of Detroit, has a B.A. in social work and an M.A. in public administration, and worked in both those fields before staying home as a freelance writer. She and her husband met in the Peace Corps and are still raising the tail end of their 10 children. Follow Patti at Twitter and like her Facebook pages at Dear God Books, Big Hearted Families, and Catholic News & Inspiration.

10 Ways to Reduce Distractions in Prayer

10 Ways to Reduce Distractions in Prayer   “A hungry man does not have to be reminded to eat.” Those were the words of my pastor after I confessed that I often allow myself to be distracted. “If you hunger for God more, you will be distracted less,” he said. We are humans not robots, so complete mental focus is not ours to be had but sitting in Mass or to set aside time for prayer and... Read More

An Exorcist and a Journalist Explore Eastern Meditation and Mindfulness

Should a Catholic Practice Mindfulness? Eastern meditation techniques are a growing fad to relax and alleviate stress and anxiety.  Some of it has even slipped into corners of the Church presented as something that can co-exist with Catholic spirituality. But according to an exorcist and an author on A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness, such meditations are contrary to the Catholic faith and neither healthy... Read More

How to Help a Seminarian

How to Help a Seminarian What do you give to someone who has everything? Ordinarily, that question is about someone who seems to have every material item a person could want. But what about men who've found everything in Christ and given up so much to enter the seminary? How do we support these men once they answer that call? Religious Order Priests According to Father Donald Calloway, the vocation... Read More

Spiritual Warfare: Insights from Exorcists

Spiritual Warfare: Insights from Exorcists   Face-to-face encounters with the devil are all in a day’s work for an exorcist; followed by dinner, prayers, and a good night’s sleep. They walk amid evil on angels' wings with unwavering confidence in the power of God. A few years ago, I was invited to the movie junket for The Rite, a story about the training of an exorcist.  I considered backing... Read More

Exorcist Advice on How to Protect Yourself

 Exorcist Advice on How to Protect Yourself The old adage: An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure, is especially true in the spiritual realm.  The exorcism and deliverance ministry usually addresses problems arising from a lack of spiritual protection or someone purposely opening the door to evil. Fr. Patrick (not his real name) a parish priest who has been a diocesan exorcist for 6 years,... Read More

Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You

Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You The Ten Commandments are not good because God gave them to us; he gave them to us because they are good. You don’t have to believe God or even believe in God to realize that the rules for everlasting life are also good rules for just plain living. (Click on the underlined links to read just some of the research I found to back up the Ten Commandments.) I.... Read More

Enhance Your Spiritual Direction with the Saints

Enhance Your Spiritual Direction with the Saints   Spiritual direction is a tool that helps shape us into the saints God created us to be. It is natural that while striving to become saints, we would look to the saints themselves to guide us. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, who will soon be canonized by Pope Francis, is an example of one who sought holiness through the example of those who had... Read More

Fasting is Not a Diet

February 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Conversion, Fasting, Lent, Patti Armstrong

Fasting is not a Diet   What is the difference between a religious fast and a diet? Dieting is about your body and health. Fasting is about your soul, God, and answers to prayer. Both are good; one is infinitely superior. With a diet, incentives are many. Fitting into a smaller size is the Holy Grail of fashion and appearance. Feeling and looking good is the reward that gets us through a rumbling... Read More

On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle

On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle  Could failure to follow God’s commands be robbing your family of grace? God not only became one of us, but he was born into a family with parents: Our Blessed Mother Mary, and a father, St. Joseph.  There’s no escaping the message that families are intended to be holy places for children to grow and prepare to enter the world. The Fourth... Read More

Contemplating Jesus through Mary of Nazareth

Contemplating Jesus Through Mary of Nazareth   Oh to be a mother—so many reasons to both worry and rejoice from pregnancy onward. But to be the Mother of the Savior…who can imagine it? Every mother contemplating the Christmas story surely must consider what it would have been like to have an angel announce our pregnancy or ride on a donkey with no place to rest during labor except a manger. But... Read More