Author Archive: Patti Maguire Armstrong

Patti Maguire Armstrong and her husband have ten children. She is an award-winning author and was managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press’s Amazing Grace Series. She has just released 2 new books. Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families is a collection of stories on love and life. Dear God, I Don't Get It is children's fiction that presents faith through a fun and exciting story.

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Wendy Davis, Let’s Talk

Wendy Davis, Let’s Talk

| 03-26-AD2014 | [70]

Hey Wendy, that was some filibuster you did as a state senator, last summer. Wow! 11 hours of non-stop talking in an attempt to defeat a bill that would stop abortion on unborn babies capable of feeling pain. Yet, in spite of all that talking, the bill did pass. Don’t blame yourself though. There were […]

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A 12 Step Plan for Narcissists

A 12 Step Plan for Narcissists

| 02-26-AD2014 | [9]

It might be premature to announce that we’ve hit rock bottom, but how much lower can we go? We have become a nation of addicts – addicted to ourselves. We need a recovery program for the self-absorbed. We don’t get to make the rules. Not on sex, or marriage, or life and death. Only God […]

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Children Make Us Better, Even After Abortion

Children Make Us Better, Even After Abortion

| 01-29-AD2014 | [3]

Every Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, across the country, the question is heard from little voices: “When is it Children’s Day?” Mothers and Fathers laugh and reply: “Every day is Children’s Day!”  And so it is, for children are our future; all of it.  They are the next generation that lead us into eternity. Through […]

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The Devil Has a Microphone

The Devil Has a Microphone

| 01-02-AD2014 | [7]

“It’s my life!” a teenager rants. “Then, turning to the talk show host he explains, “That is why I should have the right to kill my parents. They are interfering with my right to live as I choose.” The first part of the statement is as par for the adolescent course as oily skin and […]

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Sex is Not the Only Thing

Sex is Not the Only Thing

| 12-04-AD2013 | [6]

  SEX! Now that I have your attention, this approach was an advertising gimmick in the 80’s. The word SEX, blazoned large and bright, drew eyes to the promotion of a product that actually had nothing to do with sex. Sex gets attention, but just as there was more to the ads, there is also […]

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Imagining the Death Bed

Imagining the Death Bed

| 11-06-AD2013 | [9]

“I’m sorry, but it’s terminal,” your doctor says. “You have very little time left—a couple months at best.” What would you do? Take all of your money and go on a dream vacation? Buy the boat you always wanted? Party like there’s no tomorrow? Of course not. You would likely plead for a miracle and […]

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Double Vision; What is Your Focus?

Double Vision; What is Your Focus?

| 10-09-AD2013 | [52]

Two people can look at the same thing and see two very different things. For instance, what do you think of when you see the following? Two men getting married Miley Cyrus twerking at the MTV Music Awards Hugh Heffner and his Playboy Mansion Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Richard Dawkins, leading atheist I […]

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Secrets of Confession

Secrets of Confession

| 09-11-AD2013 | [6]

Having a parent in a nursing home means meeting new people. And so it was during a recent visit with my elderly parents in Michigan. My dad, at 88, does well living on his own. My mom, 82, has been in a nursing home for two years. She has a new roommate since my last […]

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Forget Sanity; Pray for Holiness

Forget Sanity; Pray for Holiness

| 08-14-AD2013 | [3]

Christians everywhere are grieving the loss of sanity through loss of Christian values. Some predict that when things get bad enough, people will come to their senses and return to God. I am not holding my breath. I used to think that when the results of Godlessness became obvious, the masses would become more Godly. […]

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Dangers to the Faith

Dangers to the Faith

| 07-17-AD2013 | [20]

It is holy to love our enemy, but we must recognize him. The guy who takes our parking spot, the cranky neighbor, the difficult in-law…they are not the ultimate enemy. Yes, they are personal challenges, but they are also opportunities for grace—“The measure with which you measure, will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38). […]

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The Cross for Joyful Living

The Cross for Joyful Living

| 06-19-AD2013 | [4]

If you want to win friends and influence people, don’t mention the cross. It is an unlikely enticement to attract us to someone, and yet, it is precisely what Jesus Christ offered us. “If anyone wishes to come after me must deny himself” (Luke 9:23). Although the prospect of self-denial and suffering is repellent, the […]

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Saving the World One Baby at a Time

Saving the World One Baby at a Time

| 05-22-AD2013 | [7]

“I’d like another baby, but it worries me to bring a child into a world like this,” I once heard a woman say. That was twenty years ago. I wonder if she ever had that baby. The world hasn’t gotten any better since then. But when was it ever a perfect time to bring a […]

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This is Not Our First Rodeo, But is it Our Last?

This is Not Our First Rodeo, But is it Our Last?

| 04-24-AD2013 | [22]

For those who think the world has gone mad, remember this is not our first rodeo. Sanity has only been with us in bits and pieces throughout history. Evil and persecution is a mainstay on this planet. For a time, some of us were lured into complacency back when television was wholesome, babies were protected […]

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Getting the Marriage Conversation Right

Getting the Marriage Conversation Right

| 03-25-AD2013 | [33]

“This disgusts me, how sick for you all to discriminate against same sex marriage…Its [sic] 2013 [sic] can’t you guys grow up and see the new age of non­discrimination and living without judgment?” ‐Comment on Catholics for the Common Good Facebook page The above argument is one that William B. May knows well. He is the […]

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Rock, Paper, Scissors; Vice and Virtue

Rock, Paper, Scissors; Vice and Virtue

| 02-27-AD2013 | [6]

Rock crushes scissors, paper covers rock, scissors cuts paper, and vice hates virtue. Such are the rules of the game. And they are not going to change. In the game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” you simply accept the rules and proceed accordingly. So it should be with vice and virtue. If we understand these rules, […]

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Evil is the New Good

Evil is the New Good

| 01-30-AD2013 | [11]

The other day while walking my dogs, my mind played with a popular way of saying things as in: Forty is the new thirty. Or in my case, fifty is the new forty. I played with other comparisons such as black is the new white and old is the new, new (referring to retro). I […]

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