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“The good Lord willing, I’m doing just fine!”

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

I met him about four years ago. He told me his name was “Marlin, just like the fish!” He was going through the dumpster in the apartment complex where I live. He did this to give himself some extra money. In Oregon we have the “Oregon Bottle Bill.” This is a container deposit law that requires cans, bottles and other containers of carbonated soft drinks, beer and water sold, to be returnable with a refund value. Essentially each can and bottle...

Millions Look Towards Heaven For 2 Minutes, 40 Seconds!

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

The event that happens so rarely was seen by millions across the United States on August 21, 2017. The total solar eclipse crossed the U. S. in less than two hours going from coast to coast. Many Americans only witnessed a few seconds whereas some saw it for up to two minutes. Mostly everyone that participated was awestruck. It was a spectacular few seconds that caused this country to stop and look towards Heaven. I wonder how God must have...

Lord make me an instrument of thy peace on earth!

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

“And if it’s peace we pray for and peace is what we give, then peace will be the way we are and peace the way we live” (John Denver, Peace poem).

Why is a peaceful interconnection between people sometimes so difficult? Haven’t we learned the lesson by now that fear, anger, hatred and bullying will hinder any capacity for peace in our world?

Throughout history wars conflicts and disagreements have led to various types...

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...