Author Archive: Dcn. Edward Looney

Deacon Edward Looney is a seminarian for the Diocese of Green Bay and was ordained a deacon on May 31, 2014. Deacon Edward is a member of the Mariological Society of America and has researched and written extensively on the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, recognized as the first and only approved Marian apparition in the United States. His most recent work is A Novena to the Queen of Heaven, Our Lady of Good Help. His books are available through his online store Edward Looney Books.
Disclaimer: The views expressed by the author are his alone, they neither reflect those of the diocese he studies for nor the seminary he studies at. He seeks to always remain faithful to the Magisterium.

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Ecclesial Movements of Great Faith

Ecclesial Movements of Great Faith

[ 1 ] August 17, AD 2014 |

In today’s Gospel (Matthew 15:21-28), Jesus said to the Canaanite woman, “O woman, great is your faith!” There are many people in our Church, community, and world, who have great faith. In my own spiritual journey I have encountered the great faith of people in varied ways, from pilgrimages, to parish life, to ordinary and […]

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A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me

A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me

[ 1 ] July 20, AD 2014 |

The summer of 2008 was a summer of opportunity for me. I was able to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City, Canada with other young adults from the state of Wisconsin through Catholic Youth Expeditions, a retreat ministry founded by Father Quinn Mann, a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay. As part of […]

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The Priest’s Sacrifice and Yours

The Priest’s Sacrifice and Yours

[ 1 ] June 22, AD 2014 |

“You received Holy Communion this morning and that is well, but you must do more, make a general confession and offer your communion for the conversion of sinners.” These were the words the Queen of Heaven spoke in 1859 to a Belgian immigrant named Adele Brise in Champion, Wisconsin. In 1917 the children in Fatima […]

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Rediscovering Devotion to Our Lady of Good Help

Rediscovering Devotion to Our Lady of Good Help

[ 0 ] May 25, AD 2014 |

Yesterday, May 24, the Church quietly observed a feast of Mary, namely, Mary, Help of Christians.  Certainly the feast was observed by some in the Church.  I’d imagine the Carmelites at the National Basilica of Mary, Help of Christians, affectionately called Holy Hill, in Wisconsin, and by the Saelesians of Don Bosco, who have a […]

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Experiences of the Rosary

Experiences of the Rosary

[ 2 ] April 27, AD 2014 |

The rosary primarily is a personal prayer which comprises the devotional life of the Church and is not a liturgical prayer. The people of God oftentimes pray the rosary collectively in many different forums, be it before Mass, after Mass, at the funeral home, in a meeting room, or perhaps in the living room of […]

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Searching for Love

Searching for Love

[ 2 ] March 30, AD 2014 |

Our world is filled with a lot of hatred. One must only turn on talk radio or the nine o’clock news to see this. For whatever reason, it seems so easy to hate or dislike other people. This hatred can spew over into our daily conversations with others about certain individuals. But why do we […]

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Are We a Well Read Culture?

Are We a Well Read Culture?

[ 3 ] March 10, AD 2014 |

Two years ago when the first Hunger Games movie was released, I wanted to be in the know because all my friends were talking about the books and movie. Consequently, I wanted to read the first book before seeing the film. I read the first of Suzanne Collins trilogy which I found to be a […]

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Blessed are They Who Mourn

Blessed are They Who Mourn

[ 0 ] March 2, AD 2014 |

I feel truly blessed by God to be on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that spans nearly ten weeks. The pilgrimage has afforded me the opportunity to pray at and visit many holy sites throughout this land where Jesus walked in addition to the study of Sacred Scripture and Ecumenism. Recently our group visited […]

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The Virgin Mary as Harbinger and Echoer

The Virgin Mary as Harbinger and Echoer

[ 2 ] February 2, AD 2014 |

This topic is one that has been the subject of much reflection for me over the past several months after having read Chiara Lubich’s “Mary, the Transparency of God.” Unfortunately I do not have her text in front of me as I write this reflection because at present I am in the midst of a […]

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Looking to the Star of the New Evangelization

Looking to the Star of the New Evangelization

[ 0 ] January 5, AD 2014 |

Stars are significant in the Christian tradition.  For example, God promised Abraham descendants more numerous than the stars of the sky (Genesis 22:17).  And today a star plays a prominent role in our celebration of the Epiphany when a star guided the Magi to the stable (Matthew 2:9-11).  Additionally, the Church has had a longstanding […]

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Three Common Misconceptions on the Immaculate Conception

Three Common Misconceptions on the Immaculate Conception

[ 3 ] December 8, AD 2013 |

Today, December 8th, the Church would observe the feast of the Immaculate Conception. This year the feast is transferred to Monday the 9th, giving precedence to the Second Sunday of Advent. In my experience, the Immaculate Conception is one of the most misunderstood teachings of the Church. Today, I’d like to address three common misconceptions […]

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Three Reasons to Pray the Angelus this Advent

Three Reasons to Pray the Angelus this Advent

[ 6 ] December 1, AD 2013 |

Farmers pause in their fields at midday and bow their heads in prayer. Businessmen and women overhear the ringing bells of nearby churches during their lunch break in the downtown business district. Neighbors to Catholic Churches hear the church bells toll thrice daily at six, noon, and six, as an invitation to pray the traditional […]

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Mary: Model of the Theological Virtues

Mary: Model of the Theological Virtues

[ 2 ] November 10, AD 2013 |

In my youth, I prayed the rosary with my grandmother or other ladies from the parish after daily Mass.  Before the first three Hail Marys, the leader always announced a special intention: “We pray for an increase in the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity.”  As one could imagine, this piqued the curiosity of […]

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The Queen of October: Champion and Fatima

The Queen of October: Champion and Fatima

[ 0 ] October 13, AD 2013 |

October 9th came and went. An important anniversary for the Church in the United States passed and very few people realized the significance of the date. My own life was consumed with the busyness that surrounded me, leaving me unable to write for the momentous anniversary. 154 years ago in Northeastern Wisconsin on October 9, […]

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Adele Brise and the Sign of the Cross

Adele Brise and the Sign of the Cross

[ 1 ] September 15, AD 2013 |

In light of yesterday’s feast, the Exaltation of the Cross (September 14), it seems appropriate to reflect on the cross. Specifically, I’d like to focus on the only approved Marian apparition in the United States of America. On October 9, 1859, the Queen of Heaven appeared to Adele Brise in Robinsonville (now Champion), Wisconsin. Our […]

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The Marriage of Matthew 25 and 28

The Marriage of Matthew 25 and 28

[ 1 ] August 17, AD 2013 |

This past summer I was working as a hospital chaplain. As part of this group, my three other peers along with a supervisor would meet daily. Many times our daily conversations evolved into theological discussions. One day we were discussing the commands of Jesus in relationship to our hospital and future parish ministry. In reference […]

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