Archive for April, 2017

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...

Divine Mercy For the Wounds Of Man

The Second Sunday of Easter is observed throughout the Universal Church as Divine Mercy Sunday. In the Jubilee Year 2000, Pope John Paul II highlighted this feast at the canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, the Polish nun to whom Jesus revealed the message of Divine Mercy in the early 20th century. It is indeed a message for our times as well.

Most of us are probably familiar with the beautiful image of Jesus, the Divine...

Advertisements and Miracles

The phrase “too good to be true” suggests skepticism and cynicism, a reaction to alluring advertisements, incredible savings, attractive-sounding financial offers and bargains, and letters announcing that a person has won $1million. These promises raise doubts and suspicions about some undisclosed information, the fine print in a contract, or unexplained conditions or qualifications. The natural response to these great deals from the commercial world evokes disbelief and rejection. “Too good to be true” means...

How abortion divides the feminist movement

On a Monday afternoon, a panel of seven women, some dressed in blazers, others in colorful skirts and sporting hair colors from blue to purple to gray to black, sat on stage to discuss–civilly–a topic that tends to ignite irresolvable arguing: abortion, and its place within feminism.

The discussion, hosted by the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America, included activists from across the aisle, seeking to understand and contemplate feminism and life...

Retreating from Reality

In his Way to Wisdom, the distinguished German philosopher, Karl Jaspers, expands upon his observation that the innate disposition to philosophize is evident in human beings at a very early age. This natural gift of reacting spontaneously to the spontaneity of life, however, is often lost as the years advance.  Then, as Jaspers laments, “we seem to enter into a prison of conventions and opinions, concealments and unquestioned acceptance, and there we lose...

Carrying the Cultural Cross

Lent draws our attention to the cross of Christ. As we reflect on and practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we enter more deeply into the Paschal Mystery. We have a particular opportunity to unite our sufferings with the sufferings of Christ. There are times in life when suffering can seem overwhelming and the cross becomes very heavy. In the book of Genesis, when we read of Adam and Eve’s fall from grace, we are reminded...

Following Christ in the Way of the Cross

Lent is the part of the liturgical year that we commit to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We unite this time of year with his Passion and, as we enter the final week of Lent before Holy Week, it is fitting to contemplate what it truly means to follow Christ. All through Lent, we have been offering, or doing our best to offer, sacrifices so that we might separate ourselves from this world and live more...

What happened to the phrase “Soldier of Christ?”

There are many titles of a Christian to describe one’s relationship to Christ. We are servants, disciples, friends, brothers and sisters, priests, prophets and kings, the Christian faithful, members of his mystical body by baptism and by the presence of the Holy spirit and sanctifying grace. For religious women, it is customary to call them “brides of Christ.” The Pope is often called the servant of the servants of Christ and, more popularly, the...