Patti Maguire Armstrong

About the Author

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.

 

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What Should We Make of the Movie, “Heaven is for Real”?

When a four-year-old boy almost dies and later reports having visited heaven, it’s easy to brush it off as a child’s feverish imaginings. But when he knows things that no one ever told him and reports that he learned about it in heaven, it is hard to brush off.  In the movie, Heaven is for Real, from the 2010, #1 [...]

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Rome Speaks for Herself and She says “Catholic”

Much of the evidence that the Catholic Church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic can be found in Rome.  How else does one explain that the Church has the greatest treasure of early Christian artifacts in the world?  I don’t mean this in an arrogant way, but more as look and see… and think.  If our Church is steeped in the relics [...]

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Get To Know Yourself

“This was why I was made, which is an amazing thing to grasp.” Those were the words of Fr. John Riccardo, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel church in Plymouth, Michigan.  He said them during an interview for his vocation story.  It was as if an invisible highlighter made his words glow as he spoke them.  Yes, what an [...]

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Difficulties with Defending Life

Forget parachuting or haunted houses for chills.  If you want scary, try walking into a pro-choice demonstration and saying a few “Our Fathers.”  Last spring, some friends and I crashed a rally advocating for the right to abort babies. I wrote an article about it, “Crashing an Abortion Rally,” and received some nasty comments.  But that was nothing compared to [...]

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Journey with Jesus through “Meditations for Lent”

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 (Luke 13:24). That directive can leave us fearful.  Is our life leading us to the narrow door?  How do [...]

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A Real March for Life Demands We March to the Beat of a Different Drummer

Some pro-lifers that will arrive in Washington D.C. on January 22 for the March for Life, don’t understand that in spite of their passion for the unborn, they are part of the culture that brings us the tragedy of abortion.  Hundreds of thousands will come to protest the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that has [...]

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Ferris Bueller is the Problem

It took me twenty-seven years to finally watch the classic coming of age 1986 comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  The only thing I missed by waiting so long was a clearer understanding as to why hedonism is so mainstream. The film follows Ferris Bueller, a high school senior who fakes being sick and skips school to spend the day in [...]

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Walking with Jesus During Advent

I want to walk with Jesus. I would also love to walk where he walked; to breath in the air of the Gospels and step into the sand that once dusted the straps of our Savior’s sandals.  In the Holy Land, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. His presence is felt even today among the hills where shepherds [...]

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Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine

“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 praying heart.  Ironically, the story [...]

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Fearing My Daughter

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 have done back flips.  Instead, [...]