• 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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It’s time!!

The moment has finally arrived! Catholic Mom’s Cafe, the new EWTN television show hosted by Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle airs next week, Novenber 3-7, 2014. 

Here’Catholic Mom's Cafes the schedule:

Mon 11/03/2014 03:00 AM: The Skinny on Catholic Fashion, guest Lisa Mladinich
Mon 11/03/2014 06:30 PM: The Skinny on Catholic Fashion, guest Lisa Mladinich

Tue 11/04/2014 03:00 AM: Kids and the Culture, guest Marge Fenelon
Tue 11/04/2014 06:30 PM: Kids and the Culture, guest Marge Fenelon

Wed 11/05/2014 03:00 AM: Going it Alone (single motherhood and moms who “feel” single), guest Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Wed 11/05/2014 06:30 PM: Going it Alone (single motherhood and moms who “feel” single), guest Woodeene Koenig-Bricker

Thu 11/06/2014 03:00 AM: Upholding Dignity through Contradictions, guest Lisa Hendey
Thu 11/06/2014 06:30 PM: Upholding Dignity through Contradictions, guest Lisa Hendey

Fri 11/07/2014 03:00 AM: Dealing with Loss through Miscarriage, guest Karen Edmisten
Fri 11/07/2014 06:30 PM: Dealing with Loss through Miscarriage, guest Karen Edmisten

It’s an amazing line-up of amazing women – you won’t want to miss it!

It was a great deal of privileged fun to be working with Donna, Lisa M., Woodeene, Lisa H., and Karen. I’m sure you’ll love the show. Please help all of us out and let others know to watch and then let EWTN know that you appreciate the show so that they can bring more of this wonderful programming to the world.

Here’s the official press release for the show, with a bit of background information:

Catholic Mom’s  Café

Brand new television series to launch this fall on EWTN!

Motherhood is a miraculous vocation. 

Sometimes the miracle is just getting through the day!

 

       Set in the heart of a Catholic home, Catholic Mom’s Café 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. 

Popular author and speaker Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle will host a new half hour television series on EWTN geared to Catholic Moms,GrandMoms and caregivers. Donna-Marie will delve into all kinds of parenting issues along with her guest on each show.

The new series debuts the first week of November, 2014. More details (which include photos of Donna-Marie’s first guests) are at: http://catholicmomscafe.blogspot.com/2014/06/catholic-moms-cafe-premiering-in.html and at Donna-Marie’s website: www.donnacooperoboyle.com

A bit about the Host: Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, a Catholic wife and mother of five is an award-winning author and journalist, speaker, reviewer, and the EWTN television host and creator of Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms and Catholic Mom’s Café. Donna-Marie enjoyed a decade-long friendship with Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and for many years her spiritual director was Servant of God John A. Hardon, S.J., who also served as one of Mother Teresa’s spiritual directors.

Donna-Marie was invited by the Holy See in 2008 to participate in an international congress for women at the Vatican. She received apostolic blessings from Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on her books and work and a special blessing from Pope John Paul II for her work with Blessed Mother Teresa.

 

Donna-Marie is the author of numerous books on faith and family, including Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers, Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa, Bringing Lent Home with Saint Therese of Lisieux, Bringing Lent Home with Saint John Paul II, Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship, The Heart of Motherhood: Finding Holiness in the Catholic Home, Embracing Motherhood, The Domestic Church: Room By Room, A Catholic Woman’s Book of Prayers, Grace Café: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering, Prayerfully Expecting: A Nine Month Novena for Expectant Mothers, The Heart of Motherhood, Catholic Saints Prayer Book, Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women, My Confirmation Book, Angels for Kids, and The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions. Donna-Marie’s memoir will be released in the near future.

 

She has been featured by Zenit news and Rome Reports, Vatican Radio, and is a frequent guest on EWTN radio and EWTN’s TV: Bookmark, Sunday Night Prime, Women of Grace, EWTN Live, Faith & Culture, as well as Vatican Insider. Learn more at Donna-Marie’s website: www.donnacooperoboyle.com

 

Media inquiries or for interview requests, please contact Donna-Marie at: .

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Christian life is a battle, says Pope Francis

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During his homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis spoke about the reality of the devil and the havoc he wreaks on humanity. I heard a priest say many years ago that the evil one’s most powerful tool is his ability to make people believe he doesn’t exist. I whole-heartedly agree! I see more folks get into trouble because they’re oblivious to the devil’s power than folks who either make a terrible mistake or consciously choose to do wrong. This, as both Pope Francis and his predecessors have decried, is a consequence of relativism. If nothing is evil, then everything must be good, right? Wrong.

Here’s a quote from the Holy Father’s homily that I think makes good fodder for meditation – or at least a moment or two of serious consideration.:

“Life is a military endeavour.  Christian life is a battle, a beautiful battle, because when God emerges victorious in every step of our life, this gives us joy, a great happiness: the joy that the Lord is the victor within us, with his free gift of salvation.  But we’re all a bit lazy, aren’t we, in this battle and we allow ourselves to get carried away by our passions, by various temptations. That’s because we’re sinners, all of us!  But don’t get discouraged.  Have courage and strength because the Lord is with us.”

May God bless your day!

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Pope Francis’ powerful words to the Schoenstatt Movement on marriage and family, and why we may be at fault for marriage’s decline

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On October 25, 2014, the Holy Father met in private audience with the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt in the Paul XI Hall. It was part of the movement’s 100th Anniversary celebration. When representatives of Schoenstatt asked the pontiff how they, as a movement, could help to support the renewal of marriage and family, he had some powerful words, not only for them, but for all of us.

It’s not only the couples who are at fault for marriage’s decline; it can also  be their family and friends’ faults. Read more in my latest for Aleteia,

Tells Schoenstatt group that marriage is seen as a “social event,” underappreciated as sacrament

John Harper and I will be chatting about this vital topic on Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air” this morning at 8am CST. I promise it’ll be a lively discussion. Join us live or catch the podcast later: http://www.relevantradio.com/programs/morning-air

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Others always have it easier than we do. Or do they?

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Sometimes (or fairly often, depending on your personality and situation), it seems as though others have it easier than we do. Nobody suffers like we do! Or, do they?

They way we view suffering can be similar to the parable of the widow and her two coins. Read my latest for Aleteia, and your perspective on suffering will change considerably.

http://www.aleteia.org/en/religion/article/the-widows-two-cents-5806144131956736

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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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