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Author Archive: Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Fr. Edward L. Looney was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Green Bay on June 6, 2015. Fr. Looney has a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother, 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 Rosary Litany. To learn more visit: arosarylitany.com.
Disclaimer: The views expressed by the author are his alone, and do not reflect those of his diocese. He seeks to always remain faithful to the Magisterium.

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Spiritual Truths in “The Girl on the Train”

October 12, AD 2016 1 Comment
Spiritual Truths in “The Girl on the Train”

I am not an avid fiction reader. If I’m lucky I make my way through one or two novels a year. More often than not my nose can be found in theological texts, most likely Mariological in nature. My reading of novels might make an increase as I recently discovered the wonders of Audible and […]

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Au Revoir: Looking Back Over Three Years

February 17, AD 2016 1 Comment
Au Revoir: Looking Back Over Three Years

On March 15, 2013, I published my first essay on Ignitum Today. Unfortunately, my original piece, “A Theology of Oz the Great and Powerful: A Movie Review,” was lost due to a server crash. The same was true for my second article, “Celebrating Easter with Our Lady.” In my nearly three years with this website, I […]

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Seeking a Relationship with God

January 20, AD 2016 0 Comments
Seeking a Relationship with God

When I meet with the Confirmation students in my parish one on one, I always ask them to describe their relationship with God. Some answer the question rather quickly without any assistance, while for others I sometimes guide their answer by qualifying, “Does your relationship seem really close or distant?” Some do answer distant, and […]

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Receiving Christmas Cards with Prayer

December 23, AD 2015 1 Comment
Receiving Christmas Cards with Prayer

The United States Postal Service this Christmas gives thanks for Christmas cards, as we all transmit our Christmas greetings through their service. Their volumes surely are up when compared to the rest of the year. Many of us are scurrying to do Christmas cards, or if you’re like me, you will observe the Twelve Days […]

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Getting to Know Jesus

November 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
Getting to Know Jesus

In my work with our parish’s Confirmation students, I try to convey that Jesus Christ is more than a nice guy whose life is recorded in the Bible. Jesus wants us to know Him and to love Him. He wants to be a part of every aspect of our life, if only we would invite […]

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Learning from the Moms

October 28, AD 2015 0 Comments
Learning from the Moms

I’m a new priest and I have a lot to learn. Of course, working in a parish affords me many opportunities to work with different and diverse groups of people. A group of mothers approached me a few months ago and asked if I would be willing to lead a book discussion for them. I […]

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Four Reasons to Pray with Marge Fenelon’s Newest Novena Book

September 30, AD 2015 0 Comments
Four Reasons to Pray with Marge Fenelon’s Newest Novena Book

Marge Fenelon, a noted Catholic columnist, author, and speaker, recently released her latest book  Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena (Ave Maria  Press, 2015). In the United States, we are riding the wave of Pope Francis’s popularity. Pope Francis is principally responsible for the popularization of the devotion to Our Lady under this title, […]

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5 Ways to Imitate Christ

September 2, AD 2015 0 Comments
5 Ways to Imitate Christ

In St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, he exhorts his readers to be imitators of God. I venture to say that St. Paul exhorts us to imitate Christ, who is God. After all, Paul had the encounter with the Risen Lord on the road to Damascus, which changed his life forever. How do we begin […]

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Lessons from the Art Museum

August 5, AD 2015 0 Comments
Lessons from the Art Museum

It wasn’t until November 2012 that I visited my first art museum. Once before, as a college senior and tourist to Chicago, I attempted to visit the Chicago Art Institute but the price of admission deterred me as a struggling college student. I have visited several art museums since that initial visit and each has […]

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Experiencing God’s Presence This Summer

July 15, AD 2015 0 Comments
Experiencing God’s Presence This Summer

Summer is about half-over now. Here in Wisconsin, the weather is warming up and the humidity is climbing. Flowers are blooming. People are gardening. Pollen counts have been really high this year, making me sick. A lot of summer tourism festivals are happening. Young people are engaged in their sport leagues. But soon summer will […]

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Mary, Help Us! A Litany

May 20, AD 2015 0 Comments
<i>Mary, Help Us!</i> A Litany

“Mary, Help Us!” This has been the continuous cry of Christians who visit Marian shrines throughout the world. Typically a pilgrim goes to a Marian shrine with a heavy heart and fervent plea in which they ask Mary to intercede for their needs. “Mary, Help Us!” This was the request of the Christian people during […]

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A Clean Heart

February 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
A Clean Heart

A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Psalm 51 The heart is one of the most essential organs in the human body because it pumps blood to every extremity. When it does not function properly and effectively, negative side effects occur. If we do not eat a […]

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Death of Beauraing Visionary Renews Message of Apparition

February 17, AD 2015 11 Comments
Death of Beauraing Visionary Renews Message of Apparition

The last living visionary from Beauraing, Belgium died on February 10, 2015. I was not surprised Gilberte Degeimbre’s death elicited no coverage in the United States by Catholic writers or Marian enthusiasts. The thirty-three apparitions of Our Lady to five children in Beauraing are virtually unknown to Catholics in the United States. More common to […]

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Help Mary in Her Mission—Offer Your Communion

January 28, AD 2015 2 Comments
Help Mary in Her Mission—Offer Your Communion

Fr. Emil Neubert, SM, one of my favorite Mariologists, wrote many books on Mary including Mary and the Priestly Ministry and My Ideal, Jesus, Son of Mary. Recently, the Franciscans of the Immaculate, through their publishing house, Academy of the Immaculata, have renewed interest in Father Emil Neubert by translating his French works from the 1950’s into English. […]

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7 Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions

December 31, AD 2014 2 Comments
7 Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions

I think most Catholics in the world would love to grow in their relationship with Jesus. People have a genuine desire to grow in holiness, even if they are not able to articulate their desires for it. On New Year ’s Day many people re-evaluate their lives. They examine how their lives were in 2014 […]

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