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What We Can Learn About Near Death Experiences

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

Her name was Dorothy and she was my mother.  She left us 21 years ago. Two years before she died she was hospitalized for a serious illness. At one point she suffered a cardiac arrest and nearly died. She survived her experience and was able to go home after recovering from her near death scare. I made it a point to visit her the summer after she came home. She couldn’t wait to tell me about her experience.  Several months...

“There but for the grace of God, Go I”

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression or maybe even said it yourself after avoiding a near misstep from a catastrophe or frightening experience; “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” When saying it, you have acknowledged outside factors like “the grace of God” having just played a role in avoiding a similar fate or catastrophic event as that of someone not as fortunate.

Initially, this phrase was thought to be credited to a...

“I am working out my Salvation with fear and trembling with hopeful promises of Christ”

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

Is there assurance we will all get to heaven? Let’s begin this discussion with the obvious of what we know. We are certain and assured that Jesus gave his life and was crucified and died on that Cross and entered into heaven for the purpose of standing before God on our behalf. But does that mean there is no process needed for our own participation to gain heaven? Is it enough to accept Jesus and therefore...

Is the Bible relevant to Catholics? Really?

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

I want to begin by stating to anyone who would choose to question it; yes the Bible is relevant to Catholics! I don’t mean to sound so emphatic about it, but I just read several articles on various websites suggesting this was not the case. “The issue concerning any church and its practices should be ‘is this biblical. If it’s not, it should be rejected. God is more interested in whether a church is doing His...

Guardian Angels – Do they really exist?

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

The Apostles’ Creed professes that God is “creator of heaven and earth.” The Nicene Creed makes it explicit that this profession includes “all that is seen and unseen.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Article I, Paragraph 5).

I am fascinated by the concept of God giving us Guardian angels. Essentially, everyone has a guardian angel with no exception. I think most of us, Catholic or not, doubt the validity of this idea either because we...

Thanksgiving: Recognizing God’s Influence

Remember when you were in school and the time came when you would soon be breaking for the Thanksgiving holiday. Invariably, your teacher would ask you to write an essay answering the question, “What I am thankful for?” I was always thankful for my parents, siblings, and friends, essentially anyone who impacted my life at the time. I went to Catholic schools so we likely would include that we were thankful for our faith and...

Why do Catholics honor the Saints, Mary and Jesus with statues & paintings?

My sister Mary happens to own two beautiful paintings of Mother Teresa, painted by a friend and given to her many years ago. After a recent visit to her home, I mentioned that since Mother Teresa is now a daint, her paintings could become very valuable; I suggested she consider donating them to a hospital or a church. She made the comment that she loves her paintings because they give her a lot of comfort and...

What the world learned from a 15 year old Jewish Girl named Anne Frank

Violence breaks out overnight” – This is just one of the latest headlines.

“Dozens of men, women and children were injured and 84 were killed while celebrating a French national holiday – Bastille Day!” “Nice attack may have ties to Isis; gunman identified in killings.” “Baton Rouge shooting with three officers dead.” “Two nuns are killed!”

Are these specific headlines at last bringing the world to their knees? Or, is this new outbreak of violence...