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Stop the Presses! Newsflash! The Bible is Relevant to Catholics! Read All About It!


I read something recently that struck me as surprising – shocking actually – regarding Catholics and the Bible. The article I’m referring to suggested that Catholics are strangers to the Bible. I did a little further research and discovered this is not an uncommon belief. I think this idea needs to be corrected since it just might be one of the principal false impressions with the general public regarding Catholics. This... Read More →


“I’m Jesse” – The ultimate handout and other lessons in prayer


By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh Several mornings a week on my commute to work, I am in a line at the light so I can approach the freeway towards downtown Portland. As with so many freeway entrances these days, it seems, there is often times someone at the light asking for a handout. At my corner, a few days a month there is an elderly man sitting in his motorized wheelchair. At some point... Read More →


Tears of Happiness: Reality as a Symphony of Contradictions


By C.J. Haines Remember when you were a child – a new person piling up one new experience after another. Discoveries were the thread that weaved together your reality. At some point you discerned the truth that will be discussed here. Perhaps you discovered it on that day when you ran to your mother after school, your fingernails caked with dried paint, your arms clutching your most recent artwork, and your... Read More →


God was our (helicopter) co-pilot by Linda Lockwood Lowe


Thunderclouds scaled the red rocks beyond the small airfield. It had been raining for several days in Sedona, and more storms were forecast. The tour operator decided to take the helicopter up anyway. We hadn't experienced this much rain for years in California, and I knew my thirty-year-old raincoat couldn't repel the Arizona storms. So, before driving out to the field for the flight, we went to the local discount... Read More →


Fast-forward, Rewind, Stop – and Play: Rituals for Writers with Tape Recorders


by Mary Rose Betten Father Jim Clarke’s book Creating Ritual, A New Way of Healing For Everyday Life (Paulist Press) is a must read for any writer. Every week in our parish writing group, his book holds a place for all to see in the front of the room, reminding us to keep the three rituals we have chosen to practice during our two hour writing class. First, we keep silence. Second, when free-writes are read... Read More →


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