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

    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 ...

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    Book Basket

    Well, friends. I'm sure you've heard of an honor roll, and likely you've heard of a blog roll, but have you ever heard of a book roll? You have now! A surmountable number of books come across my desk each month, all with wonderful notes from the ...

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    Whose hand do you shake at the sign of peace?

    Sure, you offer the sign of peace to the folks around you at Mass. But, would you, could you. offer the sign of peace to the folks in your family? For some of us, that's inconceivable. But, there's hope. Here's my latest for Aleteia. Read it, ...

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    Will you join the Crowd?

    An interesting turn in the trend to let Black Friday creep into Thanksgiving Day. Learn what's going on in my latest for Aleteia: Meet The Anti-Black-Friday-Creep Crowd More stores refuse to compete with retailers whose "biggest sale of the year" is taking over Thanksgiving.

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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 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 Thanks Giving Tree

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Once you start listing things, I’ll bet you have more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving than you realize. In fact, I’ll bet you’ll come up with things you can be thankful for all year around!

Here’s how a Fenelon Clan custom can be transformed into a way of life that will change your perspective – on Thanksgiving, and the rest of the year. My latest at Aleteia.org.

Enjoy!

The Thanks Giving Tree: A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

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Have a blessed… what?

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Have a… what? Has a customer service representative ever wish you a blessed day? Here’s what happened to me one evening. My latest for Aleteia:

We never know what good a small, “unthinking” gesture can do.

So… Take the dare! Wish everyone you meet today a blessed day. See what happens. You never know how it will change their day, week, or life.

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Will you join the Crowd?

Black Friday

An interesting turn in the trend to let Black Friday creep into Thanksgiving Day. Learn what’s going on in my latest for Aleteia:

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Whose hand do you shake at the sign of peace?

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Sure, you offer the sign of peace to the folks around you at Mass. But, would you, could you. offer the sign of peace to the folks in your family? For some of us, that’s inconceivable. But, there’s hope.

Here’s my latest for Aleteia. Read it, act on it, and share it with others.

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Book Basket

Well, friends. I’m sure you’ve heard of an honor roll, and likely you’ve heard of a blog roll, but have you ever heard of a book roll?

You have now!

A suBook Rollrmountable number of books come across my desk each month, all with wonderful notes from the publisher looking for a review – or at least a nod – for their author’s hard work. Having myself authored three devotionals, four full-length books and now working on my fifth (due for release October 2015), I can appreciate the desire and need to get the word out about newly-published books. So, I’m happy to help.

The difficulty lies in not having enough time to give as much press to each book as it both deserves and as I desire.

To deal with the influx of books and “outflux” of my time, I’ve devised a Book Roll, which will be a periodic (read: when my desk is overbooked, pun intended) post that will list the books I think worthy of the publicity and a few words about why. …more

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Catch some Morning Air at 7:15am CST Thursday, November 6

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If you caught my chat with John Harper this past Tuesday on Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air,” you’ll know that we had a lively discussion that barely hit the tip of the ice burg. So, I’ll be on again tomorrow, Thursday November 6 at 7:15am CST to continue our chat about how to strengthen our families and foster holiness at home. Join us live or catch the podcast later here.

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Morning Air at 6am CST

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Join host John Harper and I on Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air” tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4 at 6am CST as we chat about my book, “Strengthening Your Family: A Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home,” and the importance of Catholic radio in your life. Listen live or catch the podcast later.

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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

Pope Francis-Schoenstatt

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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