• 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 ...


    And so it begins… My Trip to the Holy Land May 18-28

    And so it begins... My Trip to the Holy Land May 18-28

    Twelve days, and counting...down. Soon I'll be on my way to the Holy Land with the Catholic Press Association as part of Pope Francis' visit there. Until now, the trip to Israel was somewhat out of reach, especially since we're still waiting on our official ...


    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 ...


    St. John Paul II and looking into the eyes of a saint

      Yesterday's canonization of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II took me back ten years to September 9, 2004 when I stood in a private audience with then-Pope John Paul II. It wasn't just me, of course. I was with 4,000 other pilgrims who had ...


    Brown packing paper and crayons

    What do you do with your brown packing paper? You know, the stuff that's crumpled and wound around the items in the packages you ordered online? Here, at Walking by Heaven's Light, is what I do with mine:   http://walkingbyheavenslight.com/brown-packing-paper-and-crayons/


    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 ...


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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How many Marian feast days in August can YOU name?

Marian Feast Days in August

Most of us will get the Assumption right off the bat, but how many of us can guess any of the several others? We traditionally think of May as the Month of Mary, or October as the month of the Rosary. But August? A Marian month? You’ll be surprised.

Find out more in my latest article for Our Sunday Visitor.

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

Mt. Bental

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 this in my newest column for Aletetia, “The View Fr. Mt. Bental, Israel.” I hope you’ll read it and pass it on to others. Iraqi Christian persecution isn’t something happening “over there,” it’s something happening right here, right now.

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A Day in the Life of a Writer

My nephew sent this to me. No, he does not live in the same house with us.

Day in the Life of a Writer

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Converts, reverts, un-verts. We all need each other.

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I’ll be chatting with host John Harper on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air tomorrow, July 28 at 6:30am CST John and I will discuss my recent column for Aleteia, Not a Convert, Not a Revert, I’m an Un-vert. I hope you’ll join us live or catch the podcast later here.

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So, a Pope walks into a Vatican canteen and says…

Well, I don’t really know what he says, but I do know that today Pope Francis made an impromptu visit to the Vatican canteen, went through the line, sat down at a table with other Vatican employees and made small talk with them. He asked them about themselves and their work, finished up his lunch, paused for a quick group pic and then went on his way. No announcement, no special treatment, just one of the guys…

My friends, we have a way-cool Pope. Here’s the Vatican Radio article on the Pope’s visit. More and more I can see why folks the world over love this Pontiff.

Vatican Radio photo

Vatican Radio photo

As I busy myself with preparations for my September visit to Rome, I can’t help but wonder what way-cool things Pope Francis will do while I’m there and whether I’ll witness any of them.

I also can’t help wondering about the reaction of the Vatican employees when the Holy Father walked into the canteen. Were they nervous? How did they respond to his questions? What’s it like to sit across from the Pope at lunch?

I can only imagine how I would react or what I’d say in the same situation.

How would you react? What would you say?

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

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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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Sensus fidei is not affirmation that women should be ordained priests

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A recent document issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith explains what sensus fidei is and how it should be applied. And it’s certainly not an affirmation that women should be ordained priests.

Here’s my article for Aleteia on the subject.

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Are you seeking the Truth? You’ll find it here.





I’m delighted to share this with you: Beginning today, I’ll be writing a weekly column for the award winning Aleteia! What’s Aleteia? It’s a quickly growing, international Catholic portal that brings pertinent news, intriguing features, balanced analysis, and edifying columns to readers all over the world. I’ll be writing for Aleteia’s English division. …more

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“Rude” dad issues response to young man who wants to marry his daughter

What would you do if some guy you’d never met woke you from your sleep to ask permission to marry your daughter? The young man asking to marry Benji Cowart’s daughter called Cowart’s response rude. You decide. Enjoy!

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The Church Up Close video – Second Part

Here’s the second part of the YouTube video on The Church Up Close. Even if you never have anything to do with the seminar itself. the content of this video offers some interesting tidbits about this wonderful Church of ours. Enjoy!

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