• Got five minutes? Learn about the Synod.

    The Extraordinary Synod on the Family began yesterday. Here's a great video by Holy See Press that explains in a nutshell what a synod is and why this one is important. I hope you'll share this with both your Catholic and non-Catholic friends so all ...

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    Schoenstatt's 100th Anniversary - Live from the EWTN studios (It's not every day a movement turns 100 years old!)

    On October 18, 2014, the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt will turn 100 years old. It's not every day a movement turns 100, and news is spreading fast about this epic moment in Church history. Since 2009, volunteers from 10 different countries have gathered in Schoenstatt, near ...

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    Pope Francis' prayer for the Synod on the Family

      Last year, Pope Francis announced that that this October there will be an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The synod will take place October 5-19 in Vatican City. In a recent announcement, the Holy Father has designated Sunday September 28, 2014 as a day ...

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

    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 ...

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    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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    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 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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The Centenary of a Lay Movment: Cause for the Entire Church to Celebrate

Schoenstatt, Schoenstatt Movement, Apostolic Movement of SchoenstattLay movements have been around for decades, but came especially into the forefront with Vatican Council II. This past Saturday, October 18, 2014, the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt turned 100 years old. That’s reason for the universal Church to celebrate. The movements have much to offer the Church as a whole, and the Faithful as individuals, communities, and families.

Here’s my latest for Aleteia: 100 Years of the International Schoenstatt Movement: It’s not every day that a lay ecclesial movement celebrates a centenary

Enjoy!

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Morning Air at 8:30am EST October 13

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I’ll be chatting with the vivacious and amusing John Harper, host of Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air” on Monday, October 13 at 8:30am CST. John and I will chat about avoiding a “Fit-fight at the Synod,” my upcoming trip to EWTN, and who knows what other intriguing and surprising things. Join us live or catch the podcast later here.

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What Synod 14 really needs

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When our youngest was a little guy, he’d he’d drop whatever he was doing when his siblings squabbled, and go charging into the room, fists clenched, yelling, “Fit-fight! Fit-fight!”

Many in the media – news writers as well as columnists and bloggers – have dropped what they were doing, and have charged into the mix (figuratively speaking), chanting their own rendition of “fit-fight.” Consequently, lines have been drawn, and now there are two sides to the issue, which suggests that in the end there will be a “winner” and a “loser.”

We can help squelch the squabble. Here’s how in my latest at Aleteia:

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Someone once referred to my rosary as “voo-doo beads.” Here’s my response.

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A skeptical relative once referred to my rosary as “voo-doo beads.” I suppose they can seem that way to those who don’t fully understand the importance of the Rosary in Catholic tradition and the riches it bears for all the faithful. Here’s my response to the voo-doo bead reference, posted today on Aleteia. I hope you’ll read it, pass it on, and then spend some time with the Rosary yourself today, especially since it’s the feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary!

The Riches of the Rosary

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Got five minutes? Learn about the Synod.

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family began yesterday. Here’s a great video by Holy See Press that explains in a nutshell what a synod is and why this one is important. I hope you’ll share this with both your Catholic and non-Catholic friends so all the misconceptions and speculations can stop. The goal is not to change Church teachings (Church teaching cannot be changed), but rather to find out where the worldwide Church is at and discover how to help all Catholics fully live the correct Church teachings on marriage and family. Enjoy!

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Morning Air at 8:30am CST: Home schooling and the Sandy Hook Shooting

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I’ll chat about my recent column for Aleteia, “Home Schooling Isn’t to Blame for Sandy Hook Shooting,” and much more tomorrow, Friday, October 3 at 8:30am CST. I hope you’ll join us; I promise it will be intriguing!

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Sandy Hook Advisory Commission wants to pin the shooting on home schooling. How ridiculous.

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I read it twice, and then a third time. I had to make certain I was actually reading what I thought I was reading. Then, I got angry.

A recent article at Breitbart tells of the efforts of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission to use the incident to control home schoolers. Home schooling, according to …more

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EWTN Premiere – Catholic Mom’s Cafe – You CAN”T miss this!

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I’m ecstatic to finally break the news about the premiere of EWTN’s new show, Catholic Mom’s Cafe, hosted by my friend and colleague, Donna Maria Cooper O’Boyle. Catholic Mom’s Cafe will run November 3-7, 2014 and features a fantastic lineup of topics and guests, and I’m honored to be numbered among them.

In Donna’ own words, Catholic Mom’s Cafe, “dishes up bighearted helpings of inspiration, encouragement, and Church teaching as it delves into the challenges and joys amid the miraculous yet crazy vocation of motherhood.” Dads, I have no doubt you’ll want to watch, too, so that you can fully support you wives in their role as Catholic moms!

Here’s the schedule:

Lisa Mladinich and Donna Marie Cooper O'Boyle on the set of Catholic Mom's Cafe

Lisa Mladinich and Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle on the set of Catholic Mom’s Cafe

THE SKINNY ON CATHOLIC FASHION, featuring Catholic author, speaker, and catechist, Lisa Mladinich.

Mon 11/03/2014 03:00 AM ET

Mon 11/03/2014 06:30 PM ET

 

 

 

Marge Fenelon and Donna Marie Cooper O'Boyle on the Catholic Mom's Cafe set

Marge Fenelon and Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle on the Catholic Mom’s Cafe set

KIDS AND CULTURE, featuring…yours truly, Marge Fenelon, Catholic author, columnist and speaker.

Tue 11/04/2014 03:00 AM ET

Tue 11/04/2014 06:30 PM ET

 

 

 

Woodeene Koenig-Bricker and Donna Marie Cooper O'Boyle on the Catholic Mom's Cafe set

Woodeene Koenig-Bricker and Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle on the Catholic Mom’s Cafe set

GOING IT ALONE, featuring author and editor, Woodeene Koenig-Bricker.

Wed 11/05/2014 03:00 AM ET GOING IT ALONE

Wed 11/05/2014 06:30 PM ET GOING IT ALONE

 

 

 

Lisa Hendey and Donna Marie Cooper O'Boyle on the Catholic Mom's Cafe set

Lisa Hendey and Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle on the Catholic Mom’s Cafe set

DIGNITY THROUGH CONTRADICTIONS, featuring writer, webmaster, and podcaster, Lisa Hendey (of CatholicMom.com fame).

Thu 11/06/2014 03:00 AM ET

Thu 11/06/2014 06:30 PM ET

 

 

 

Karen Edmisten and Donna Marie Cooper O'Boyle on the Catholic Mom's Cafe set

Karen Edmisten and Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle on the Catholic Mom’s Cafe set

DEALING WITH LOSS THROUGH MISCARRIAGE, featuring writer and consumer of coffee (in her own words), Karen Edmisten.

Fri 11/07/2014 03:00 AM ET

Fri 11/07/2014 06:30 PM ET

 

 

 

When the six of us gathered at the EWTN studios last year, we all became, not only fast-friends, but firm believers in the potential for Catholic Mom’s Cafe. Donna Marie’s experience and professionalism makes the show aesthetically excellent, and the need to support Catholic motherhood in this age makes the show essential. You’ll be wowed at the amount of wisdom and love that has been packed into the first five episode of the show!

So, really folks, you can’t miss Catholic Mom’s Cafe. Please tell others about it, because they can’t miss it, either!

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Schoenstatt’s 100th Anniversary – Live from the EWTN studios (It’s not every day a movement turns 100 years old!)

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On October 18, 2014, the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt will turn 100 years old. It’s not every day a movement turns 100, and news is spreading fast about this epic moment in Church history.

Since 2009, volunteers from 10 different countries have gathered in Schoenstatt, near Vallendar, Germany to help prepare for this monumental event. The original team of 30 volunteers has grown to more than 800, all working day and night to ready things for the 8,000 to 10,000 attendees that will come from throughout the world during the October 16-18 celebration. October 23-26, the Schoenstatt Family will visit Rome and meet privately with Pope Francis on October 25 in the Paul VI Hall.

The Schoenstatt Movement was founded in Schoenstatt, Germany on October 18, 1914 by Father Joseph Kentenich (1885-1968). In collaboration with the minor seminary students for whom he was Spiritual Director, Fr. Kentenich formed a Covenant of Love with the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title, “Mother Thrice Admirable,” and through that covenant, invited Mary to make the Schoenstatt Shrine a place of grace. Today, there are more than 200 replica shrines worldwide and the membership of the movement continues to grow. The spirituality of the Schoenstatt Movement is based on the Covenant of Love with Mary, the Schoenstatt Shrine as spiritual …more

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Pope Francis’ prayer for the Synod on the Family

 

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Last year, Pope Francis announced that that this October there will be an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The synod will take place
October 5-19 in Vatican City.

In a recent announcement, the Holy Father has designated Sunday September 28, 2014 as a day of prayer for the synod, the topic of which is, “”The pastoral challenges of the family in the …more

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