• Are you a convert, re-vert, or an un-vert?

                    Conversion and reversion stories can amaze and inspire us. But, what about the stories of cradle Catholics? The un-verts? Read more in my column at Aleteia: Not a Convert, Not a Re-vert, I'm an Un-vert  

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    We're closer than we think to the Christians suffering in Iraq

    Regardless of where on the globe we live, we all are closer to the Christians suffering in Iraq than we think. They are our brothers and sisters in Christ, and we're one in him with them. In that respect, we suffer with them. I write about ...

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    The Korean Martyrs and the Power of Lay Witness

    Did you know that the Catholic Church was established in Korea by the laity? Until recently I'd assumed that Korea had been evangelized by religious who were sent by their orders to bring the Faith into mission territory. Not so, as you'll find out in my ...

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    The Church Up Close - Rome, here I come!

    Well, folks, I'm off to Rome. I've been accepted to The Church Up Close, a program run by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross for foreign journalists who cover the Roman Catholic Church. It will take place at the university September 8-14, 2014. Yep, we're ...

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    Favorite novenas of the two new saint-popes – you’ll be surprised

    Favorite novenas of the two new saint-popes - you'll be surprised

     Over the past few weeks, I've had the great pleasure of putting together the May 11, 2014 In Focus for Our Sunday Visitor. It's on "The Power of Novenas," and I'm proud to say ūthat some of this blog's subscribers agreed to interview with me ...

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    The Little Consecration

    The Little Consecration

    Barbara McGuigan and I had a marvelous discussion today about our Blessed Mother on EWTN Radio's "The Good Fight." Thank you to all of you for listening, and thanks to those who called in with your wonderful insights, comments, and questions! I'm posting this in response ...

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Marge Fenelon
Author, columnist, speaker

Marge Fenelon is a Catholic wife, mother, author, columnist, and speaker. She’s a frequent contributor to a number of Catholic publications and websites and is a regular guest on Catholic radio. She’s written several books about Marian devotion and Catholic family life and has touched the hearts of audiences in a variety of venues. Her latest book is Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom (Ave Maria Press, 2013) 

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Can People with a “Past” Really Change? The lives of three hardened sinners give us hope.

People never change

The other day a friend and I were discussing someone we know who has “a past.” I mentioned that I was heartened to see that there’d been a noticeable change in this person or at least signs of the potential for change. My friend replied, “People never change.”

I agree. And I disagree.

Read why in this week’s column for Aletelia here. Do you agree? Disagree? Why?

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Morning Air Chat – UPDATED

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I had a terrific chat with John Harper this morning on Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air.” WE talked about how Catholicism came to Korea (it’s not the way you think), and the impact James Foley’s letter should have on all of us.

I encourage you to listen to the podcast – just look on the Audio Archives calendar and locate August 27. Then click on Stream.

If you’d like to look up the Aleteia columns we referred to. Here are the links;

The Korean Martyrs and the Power of Lay Witness

James Foley’s Letter Home Has an Important Message for Us, Too

And my latest, Their Stories Showed Me How Little I Knew of God’s Love

One of the things John and I talked about on air is the simple times and how much they matter to us. The simple times are the moments that seem insignificant, like goofing around with siblings or running an errand with Dad or Mom, but end up becoming an integral part of who we are and how we’re attached to others.

Those memories can keep us going in the dark times, as they did for James Foley.  John mentioned that, if we chose just one topic – say, First Communion memories – the phone boards would light up and we’d be on the air for hours taking all the calls. I completely agree.

That makes me curious. What memories of the simple times surface for you? When you pause from the chaos of your day, what simple times surface in your mind and heart?

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Korean martyrs, James Foley, and valuing God’s love

Friends, catch me on Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air” tomorrow, Wednesday August 27,  at 6am CST as I chat with host John Harper about the establishment of Catholicism in Korea, James Foley’s letter home, and the value of God’s love. Should be a great segment. Join us!Norning Air Banner

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Pope Francis went as a loving father to the Holy Land

Pope Francis, Holy Land

There are many sides to Pope Francis, but the one I saw most prominently while in the Holy Land was his loving fatherhood. Read about it in my latest for Fathers for Good:

Spiritual Father: Pope Francis went as a loving father to the Holy Land

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James Foley’s letter home is a letter to us, also

James Foley, letter home

James Foley in a 2011 interview

While in captivity, James Foley sent a letter home, via a released fellow hostage who memorized it and passed it on to his family. His captors confiscated all of his written letters, but the oral one made it through and has since been published by his family.

First, I’m touched that Foley’s fellow hostage was able to retain it, considering his own …more

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What Catholics actually believe about the Queenship of Mary

Queenship of Mary, Blessed Virgin Mary, Catholic faith

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the Queenship of Mary, a feast day often misunderstood by non-Catholics and even Catholics themselves.

The primary reason is that folks mistakenly believe that Catholics worship Mary and that we hold her equal with Christ. That’s absolutely untrue. We worship only …more

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The Korean Martyrs and the Power of Lay Witness

Korean Martyrs, Papal Mass, Pope Francis, Holy Father

Did you know that the Catholic Church was established in Korea by the laity? Until recently I’d assumed that Korea had been evangelized by religious who were sent by their orders to bring the Faith into mission territory.

Not so, as you’ll find out in my latest column for Aleteia, “The Korean Martyrs and the Power of Lay Witness.” In it, I describe how the Catholic Faith came to Korea and what that means for us today. Enjoy!

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Celebrating the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Church of the Dormition in Jerusalem, where Mary was assumed into heaven.

Church of the Dormition in Jerusalem, where Mary was assumed into heaven.

As we celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I’m taken back to my time in the Holy Land, and especially to my visit to the Church of the Dormition in Jerusalem. The church has traditionally marked the place at which Mary “went to sleep” and was then assumed, body and soul, into heaven.

I remember the exceptional peacefulness of the site, in particular the lower church in which there’s a life-size statue of the Blessed Mother as she may have looked at her falling into sleep, or dormition. Kneelers surround the statue, and as I knelt there, I could sense the sadness of the …more

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Attack on Mary’s Gourmet Diner – The Diner Receipt that Went Viral UPDATED

Mary's  Gourmet Diner

This past Wednesday, August 6, I posted the link to my latest column for Aleteia about Mary’s Gourmet Diner, a privately-owned establishment in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The owner, Mary Haglund, allows (I mean, allowed) her employees to offer a 15 per cent ‘praying in public” discount to patrons who stop to give thanks for their meals before digging in. The employees offered the discount at their own discretion and to no particular religious denomination. The point was to encourage folks to be thankful for the …more

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Don’t be embarrassed to pray quietly in public while we still have that right

Mary's  Gourmet Diner

Some folks are embarrassed to pray in public. The story of Mary’s Gourmet Diner may change your mind.

Here’s my latest at Aleteia:

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