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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...

“I pray the Lord my soul to take!”

Life goes on forever right? That’s what we would like to believe. But the one thing every living being has in common is we can’t get out of this life alive. We all will have to die some day. I have to admit, there is a certain enjoyment I get since qualifying for all those senior discounts even though I realize, it comes with a little bit of a double edge sword. It means I’m just...

His Name Is Jason

I will never forget the day we received the message from my sister, Mary, who happened to be visiting family in Nebraska at the time; It was a cold day on February 28th and the year was 1976. Mary began experiencing heavy bleeding and knew she and her baby were in serious trouble. Labor had started and they couldn’t stop it. At one point in her long day of labor someone suggested she terminate the pregnancy...

Purgatory and Particular Judgment

When I was in college, I went through a period of time when I disagreed with some of the teachings of the Catholic Church. I would tell my mother, “I don’t agree with that” or “just because I’m Catholic doesn’t mean I’m on board with everything the Church teaches!” I was a child of the 60s after all; protesting was the custom of the day. One of the concepts of the Catholic Church that showed up...

Love Another Person, See The Face Of God

In the past week, Pope Francis has shared so many important messages with the world.  One of the most critical messages was made at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. In Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s words, “together we want to dream of a world where the beauty of family life attracts people to make a gift of themselves in marriage to build a domestic church that will continue to build a civilization of love.”

An elderly...