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The Shroud of Turin: Autobiographical Icon?


By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh On June 21-22, 2015, attention will once again be directed on one of the most contested artifacts in history when Pope Francis will venerate the Shroud of Turin at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Church in Turin, Italy. Like many Catholics I have a fascination with what this artifact could mean to Christianity. For hundreds of years historians and scientists have studied it with more intensity than... Read More →


Our mother likes to dance with the sun: The Apparitions of Mary


By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh On May 13 we commemorated the anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria to three young shepherd children in a small village of Fatima in Portugal in 1917.  The Catholic Church has declared these visits as “worthy of belief” by acknowledging that between May 13 and October 13,  the Blessed Mother Mary appeared six times to three children, Lucia Santos (age 9) and her... Read More →


“Thank God for Atheists” – and other back-door proofs for the reasonableness of God


By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh I admit to being fascinated with people who call themselves atheists. From what I’ve learned, they believe that almost everything can be explained by science, although many atheists have studied the Bible and are fascinated with the subject of Jesus. Atheists are supposedly just like you and me; everyday people in all walks of life who just don’t happen to believe in God. They believe they were born to... Read More →


Spoiling Your Imagination with Prayer: A True – and Selfless – Concern for the Self within the Soul


by Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh I’m sure most of us have received a gift by which we intended to pamper ourselves for a day. It may include things like a massage or a manicure and pedicure, a day of shopping or going to a movie, meeting friends for lunch or any number of pleasurable things meant to give us a reward to offset our day-to-day routines. It feels great to take a break from... Read More →


The inevitable hypothetical: a Catholic case study guide to death


By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh What would you do if you learned you were dying? Consider the case of Marian. Marian was 96 years old. The year was 2008. She had just learned that she had terminal lung cancer. She lived in the apartment below mine. For over a year I had been visiting her regularly to see if there was anything I could do to help her. She loved it when I looked in... Read More →


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