Author Archive: Patti Maguire Armstrong
Patti Maguire Armstrong and her husband have ten children. She is a writer with Teresa Tomeo Communications, an award-winning author, and was managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press’s Amazing Grace Series. She has appeared on TV and radio stations across the country. Her latest books, Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families and children’s book, Dear God, I Don't Get It (available for pre-order now!) will both be released May.
From living a life that ignored Catholic teachings to becoming a Catholic writer and speaker, Patti Maguire Armstrong was transformed after she began to learn and embrace her Catholic faith. She lives in North Dakota with her husband Mark. They are the parents of ten children, eight boys and two girls, including two adopted AIDS orphans from Kenya.
Patti has a degree in social work with a minor in psychology and a master’s in public administration. She worked in these fields before staying home full-time to raise her children.
Patti has been a guest on EWTN Television's "Live" program with Father Mitch Pacwa and twice on Doug Keck's "Bookmark" program and on Catholic Radio programs around the country.
She contributes articles to the Integrated Catholic Life eMagazine with a focus on faith and family.
“I should have been a better mother,“ St. Monica said to Bishop Ambrose about her son Augustine. “If Augustine had been an easier child, God would not have given him a mother like you,” he responded. –Dialogue from the movie RESTLESS HEART: The Confessions of St. Augustine. Such a perspective is balm to a parent’s […]
A Father struggles with the birth of his Downs Syndrome daughter, “’If she dies as a result of her surgery the pain will be over for all of us,’ we thought.” “It’s a girl!” The nurse announced. After the birth of seven healthy sons, those words should have brought great joy. Under different circumstances, I would […]
The government has our backs when it comes to product recalls. When it comes to car seats, those things are recalled so often, it makes me wonder how anyone has survived to adulthood having sat in one. I’m not complaining. Of course anything that is not 100 percent safe for our precious babies should be […]
When talent goes from obscurity to stardom, a collective cheer goes up. It is the stuff of Hollywood movies and the basis of the wildly popular TV shows such as America’s Got Talent, and American Idol. And it is also the scenario in the movie Grace Unplugged, in theaters October 4. Except in this case, […]
Imagine that the father of the “Prodigal Son” from Scripture once partied like a rock star before converting to the goodness of a Godly life. He taught his sons well, sharing the emptiness of his past as a place never to wander. But one son, thinking his Father to be boringly conservative, leaves for the […]
Racism is a preloaded emotion ready to inflict hurt without ever knowing the heart that it lances. It was just such a hatred that motivated two young men to yell from their truck to my husband, “There’s the nigger lover,” referring to our two boys from Kenya. I experienced it in reverse myself many years […]
David Calvillo sat inside his van shaking. It was a Thursday evening, September 2008, in McAllen, TX. He was in the church parking lot about to leave for the Benedictine Monastery of the Good Shepherd where an ACTS retreat was about to begin (ACTS: Adoration, Community, Theology and Service.) David did not feel he needed […]
Motherhood is one joy, one quandary after another. The daily life of being a Catholic mom involves moment-by-moment considerations. For instance, what do you do when motherhood calls but you are coping with suffering? Are you interested in reading books that offer answers to personal self-fulfillment but you question their value because they re not […]
Life is stressful enough without watching horror movies so that I can spend the next two weeks trying to sleep without the flashbacks. But that’s just me. Given that the movie The Conjuring came in first at the box office last weekend, there are obviously many people who don’t share my sentiments. The Conjuring, a […]