One Family’s Novena to Italy—Mother’s Day in St. Peter’s Square

Mothers Day in St. Peter's Square, Photography by Mark Armstrong

Travel Journal — Mother’s Day at St. Peter’s It was a Mother’s Day to remember for my lovely bride Patti Armstrong as we attended the Latin Mass at St. Peter’s and then, like tens of thousands of mothers on the Square, received a blessing and prayer from Pope Francis. It was a perfect beginning to our day as we later met up with […]

One Family’s Novena to Italy—Day Four

Ceiling in the Vatican Museum Photography by Mark Armstrong

Travel Journal Day Four, May 10, 2015 — The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel The Vatican Museums were established over five hundred years ago by Pope Julius II after the discovery of just one marble sculpture in 1506 that had been buried in a farmer’s field for more than a millennium. That one sculpture, Laocoön and His Sons, has begotten one of […]

One Family’s Novena to Italy—Day Three

The Colosseum in Rome Photography by Mark Armstrong

Travel Journal Day Three, May 9, 2015 — Rome through the ages. It is impossible to see all the sights that Rome has to offer.  But we tried to see as many as possible on our first full day here.  We start off at the famous Colosseum in Rome. Most are aware that early Catholics were martyred here. It was a gruesome […]

One Family’s Novena to Italy—Day Two

Statue of St. Paul at the Entrance to St. Peter's Bascilica Photography by Mark Armstrong

Travel Journal Day Two, May 8, 2015 arriving in Rome, the Eternal City. Touching down at the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport this morning felt like a blessing beyond surviving twenty hours in the air and the usual turbulence. Just prior to leaving Bismarck, we learned of a massive fire that shut down the terminal we were scheduled to land at in Italy. The […]

One Family’s Novena to Italy—Day One

St. Peter's Basilica at Night (and Ponte Sant Angelo over the Tiber)

Travel Journal Day One, May 7, 2015: Leaving Bismarck, North Dakota through Chicago to Rome. I have to admit I never really thought that I needed to see Italy or Rome or the Vatican to deepen my faith. After a 2010 visit, I came home and told my bride Patti that I was wrong about that. In 2010, I took […]

Deliver Us From Evil Opens Today

Edgar Ramirez in Deliver Us From Evil

Deliver Us From Evil opens today (7/2/14) and will “deliver” an R-rated supernatural thriller that combines a perfect blend of faith, redemption and the sheer horror of evil.  It is the real -life horror and conversion story of New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (played brilliantly by Eric Bana). Sarchie is a fallen-away Catholic with a young believing family who […]

What Do We Really Know of Noah?

Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly star as Noah and his wife "Naamah"

When you go to see Noah, which opens tomorrow (3/28/2014) at a theater near you, prepare to be rattled.  That’s what the film’s Director Darren Aronofsky promises and that is what he and Paramount Pictures delivers with their epic and fantastical film Noah. I had a chance to preview Noah last week-end at Paramount studios in Hollywood and speak to […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe — Come to Our Aid Again!

Sacrificed Baby Photography © by Mark Armstrong

Tomorrow, hundreds of millions of people around the world will celebrate Masses to honor an appearance of the Blessed Mother made 482 year ago.   On December 12, 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe put an end to the Mayan culture of death.  Mary was the woman, clothed in the sun, with the moon at her feet, who transformed the brutal […]

Do Catholics Couples HAVE to use NFP?

Happy New Parents

I know that a Dad to ten children without a theology degree is probably NOT the right person to be writing this article.  Last week I got booked on The Son Rise Morning Show with Brian Patrick to talk about a topic near and dear to my heart, “Do Catholic Couples Have to Use Natural Family Planning?” The simple answer is no.  […]

My Dad – Dying with Dignity

Mark Armstrong's Dad

My Dad, bless his heart (which nearly killed him more than once), has been dying since 1980.  Thirty-two years ago, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Marshall Islands when a telegram arrived for me in Majuro, and informed me to fly to Eugene, Oregon on the next available flight.  My father had a “massive heart attack” and was […]