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(Wo)Man’s best friend and other stray thoughts about Christ and His poor


By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh I read a story recently that brought to my mind how necessary it is that we take on a stronger commitment and responsibility and reach out across the world to help the millions of people who live in extreme poverty. The story was about animals, but conceptually, the idea is still the same. In truth, it reminded me of St. Francis and our very own Pope Francis. St.... Read More →


Stone Table: Pensées for Eastertide


by Mike Boniface   I carry a thirty-pound maul to a cedar grove. My friend, Jake, follows with a chainsaw hoisted on his shoulder. Our mission: to fell a dead cedar tree and split the wood for the Easter fire. The scream of the saw echoes through the hollow. Logs crack open beneath the maul’s blunt wedge. The scent of cedar fills the air. Soon, Easter wood lay at our feet, its splintered... Read More →


The “arrogance” of God’s blessings – how the modern world misunderstands God’s gifts


By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh A blessing is a word to describe a prayer asking for God’s favor and protection.  It is the sign that God is at work to direct us in the right path.  Essentially, we are being prepared to receive His grace when we are the recipient of a blessing. Matthew describes blessings in his gospel when he shares the story of Jesus at the Sermon of the Mount and clarified what... Read More →


Omniscience and the Individual Talent: Giving Your Writing to God and Other Ways to Abandon Your Art and Mind to Divine Providence


By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh   When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for the writer to worry is to take over God’s business. – Flannery O’Connor   My daughter Laura is an accomplished dancer and teacher proficient in ballet. She went to college and received her degree (Cum laude) in teaching. But the... Read More →


The Good, the Bad and the Locus of Free Will


By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh   “Darkness is the absence of light; evil is the absence of God.” - Albert Einstein                                       We have all had bad things happen to us. You’ve heard the age-old question asked numerous times, I’m sure: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Technically, bad and good things happen to people, good and bad. I just read a very sad story in the news, about a child who was savagely... Read More →


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