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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A Marian Heart

A Marian Heart

[ 1 ] December 3, AD 2014 |

The other day my spiritual director challenged me to better emulate the heart of Mary in word and deed. As a person who claims to be devoted to the Blessed Virgin, I must admit, there are times my actions do not reflect my belief. From his simple, yet challenging comment, I realized my devotion to […]

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Watch and Pray- Preparing for Christmas

Watch and Pray- Preparing for Christmas

[ 2 ] November 26, AD 2014 |

The Taize Community of France, known for their rhythmic hymns, which encourage contemplation on lines from scripture, has a beautiful chant paraphrasing from Jesus’ prayer in the Garden before his arrest.  They hymn repeats: “Stay with me, remain here with me, watch and pray, watch and pray.” This exhortation from Jesus is similar to how […]

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God’s Temples are Under Construction

God’s Temples are Under Construction

[ 1 ] November 9, AD 2014 |

“Under Construction”—those were the words that greeted me as I arrived at my diaconal assignment this past summer. On account of the church’s renovation, Masses were held in the school gymnasium. This environment, perhaps, was not the most spiritually uplifting, but it was necessary in order to build a beautiful place of worship that would […]

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The Spirit of St. Charles Borromeo

The Spirit of St. Charles Borromeo

[ 1 ] November 4, AD 2014 |

In the opening collect for the Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo, the Church prayed, “Preserve in the midst of your people, we ask, O Lord, the spirit with which you filled the Bishop Saint Charles Borromeo.” The spirit that filled St. Charles was the same attitude that filled Christ Jesus, as we read in the […]

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Characters of Cana

Characters of Cana

[ 4 ] October 12, AD 2014 |

With the month of October underway, the Catholic world has commenced the Month of the Rosary. During this month, Catholics are encouraged to pray the rosary more often and meditate on the mysteries of Christ’s life.  In 2002, Pope John Paul II gave the faithful a fourth set of mysteries, the Mysteries of Light, which […]

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The Votive Candles

The Votive Candles

[ 2 ] September 14, AD 2014 |

An elderly woman stands at the votive candle area and lights eight large candles. She says a prayer and then finds her place in the pew. On exiting the Church, a young girl, no more than ten years old, lights a small candle with her dad watching on. Her dad told her to say a […]

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Seven Vices of Sporting Events

Seven Vices of Sporting Events

[ 13 ] September 7, AD 2014 |

I confess, I am an avid Packer fan; last year I went to the playoff game at Lambeau Field when the wind chill was 40 degrees below zero. I suppose you could call me a diehard. With this confession out in the air, the reflection I am about to share may shock some people. My […]

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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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