Our Lady of Guadalupe — Come to Our Aid Again!

Photography © by Mark Armstrong

In December, 1531, a man we know today as St. Juan Diego began an encounter with Our Blessed Mother that reverberates to this day.  The fifty-six-year-old Juan Diego was a simple, humble, mat-weaver by trade when he came upon Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.  His indigenous Aztec name, Cuauhtlatatzin, means “the eagle that talks.” Juan’s encounter with Mary would eventually lead […]

Father Solanus Casey is Now Blessed

Photography © by Mark Armstrong

On the Road to the Beatification of Father Solanus Casey; a special series for the Integrated Catholic Life by Mark Armstrong The Heavens were weeping today, Saturday, November 18, 2017, over Detroit, Michigan.  Not for sadness, but for joy.  The pouring rain did not stop the nearly 70,000 people from streaming inside to Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, […]

Three Things about Father Solanus Casey You May Not Know

Father Solanus seated in his Capuchin habit with his family on his parents' 50th anniversary in 1913. (Courtesy of the Father Solanus Casey Guild)

On the Road to the Beatification of Father Solanus Casey; a special series for the Integrated Catholic Life by Mark Armstrong Tomorrow (11-18-17) is the Beatification Mass in Detroit, Michigan for Father Solanus Casey—over 66,000 people will be there. Yesterday we left Bismarck, North Dakota, overnighted with our son and his young family near St. Paul, Minnesota, and got up […]

On the Road to the Beatification of Father Solanus Casey in Detroit

Father Solanus Casey, Servant to Those in Need (Courtesy of the Father Solanus Casey Guild)

On the Road to the Beatification of Father Solanus Casey; a special series for the Integrated Catholic Life by Mark Armstrong A couple of months ago when my lovely bride of nearly thirty-seven years told me she got an assignment to cover the Beatification Mass for Father Solanus Casey, I offered to drive her from our home in Bismarck, North […]

Following in the Footsteps of Father Pierre-Jean De Smet to the Solar Eclipse!

St. Ignatius Mission Church - founded by Father Pierre-Jean De Smet (Courtesy of Montana Department of Tourism)

There is arguably no one more well-traveled in the world in the nineteenth century than the Belgium-born Father Pierre-Jean De Smet, SJ (Father Peter-John). He was born in 1801 and traveled 180,000 miles in his lifetime, passing away in 1873. On behalf of raising money and awareness for Indian missions in America, the great Jesuit priest crossed the ocean nineteen times, visiting […]

How the first Selfie leads us to Christ!

Holy Mass celebrated before the Shroud of Turin, Photography by Mark Armstrong

I have been blessed to pray and attend Mass before the Holy Shroud of Turin in both 2010 and 2015. Today, The Holy Shroud or La Santa Sindone is out of public view at Duomo di Torino; Cattedrale di San Giovanni Battista or the St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Turin (Torino), Italy. There are no scheduled public exhibitions. Never did I imagine I […]

One Family’s Novena to Italy—Arrivederci Italia!

Over the Alps, Milan to London flight. Photography by Isaac Armstrong

Travel Journal Day 9 — The Novena Ends Our family novena in Italy ended in Milan, Italy.  As I began to write this final segment for ICL, four of us were aboard an American Airlines 767 at thirty-six thousand feet bound for the USA.  We had left Milan, Italy earlier that morning and the first views outside our windows were of the Alps […]

One Family’s Novena to Italy—A Blessed Day in Turin

Holy Mass celebrated before the Shroud of Turin, Photography by Mark Armstrong

Travel Journal Day 8 — Final Day in Turin Most of the two million people who will see the Shroud of Turin this spring will wait sometimes hours just to stand for three minutes to pray before it; as we did yesterday. Few of the pilgrims know, as I found out on my last visit here in 2010, that anyone can come […]

One Family’s Novena to Italy—From Pisa to Turin and the Shroud

The Italian Alps, Photography by Mark Armstrong

Travel Journal Day 7 — Arrival in Turin When my fourteen-year-old daughter Teresa and I left Turin five years ago, I never expected to see the Shroud of Turin again in my lifetime.  God had other plans for our family.  After leaving Pisa this afternoon, we boarded a train and traveled first along the Italian coast and then crossed the mountain passes […]

One Family’s Novena to Italy—There’s more to Pisa…

Inside the Cathedral of the Assumption in Pisa, Photography by Mark Armstrong

Travel Journal Day 6 — There’s more to Pisa than a tower that leans. Try to think of something else in Pisa besides the Leaning Tower.  It’s hard I know.  For sure the Tower is one of the most remarkable architectural structures from medieval Europe.  What the average person may not realize is the Pisa Tower is just one of the four […]