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Author Archive: Wendy McMahan

Wendy is a lifelong Catholic and a daily communicant with a great love and appreciation for the faith. She has been married for 32 years, and has two adult children. She is grateful to be able to share her love for God with others through her writings.

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Prayer: A Learning Process

October 21, AD2017 1 Comment
Prayer: A Learning Process

Prayer is how I began to know God. Before that, my relationship with Him was mediocre at best. I was raised Catholic, and God was very much central in our lives and in my upbringing, but formal prayer was not something I even thought about. I prayed a few prayers before bed out of respect […]

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The Heartbreak of Making End of Life Decisions

October 8, AD2017 3 Comments
The Heartbreak of Making End of Life Decisions

Two years ago, my mother-in-law entered a hospice facility. She was afraid to die and afraid to be alone, so I stayed at the hospice center with her. One of her friends came everyday around noon to relieve me and then I’d go back later in the afternoon and stay the night. After about ten […]

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What to Do When the Devil Attacks

August 25, AD2017 16 Comments
What to Do When the Devil Attacks

The devil attacks us secretly most of the time, but there are other times when an attack is obvious and it is usually extremely controlling. It quickly robs us of our peace and replaces it with an uncontrollable anxiety. Once that takes hold, the devil starts to work on the mind by injecting bad thoughts […]

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With Him in Heaven, in All His Glory

July 8, AD2017 1 Comment
With Him in Heaven, in All His Glory

Have you ever wondered what it will be like to enter heaven? I read a story a while back about near-death experiences. The story that really struck me was about a man who found himself standing just outside the gates of heaven. He saw many people, some he knew and others he did not. All […]

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Healing Through the Blessed Sacrament

June 19, AD2017 9 Comments
Healing Through the Blessed Sacrament

Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 I had a dream last night that I was on my patio planting some flowers. Everything seemed fine until I looked up and saw something coming towards me in the distance. I […]

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Mortal Sin: It’s Not That Bad?

May 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Mortal Sin: It’s Not That Bad?

Have you ever encountered someone who feels the Catholic Church is all about guilt? They ask: “Why do I have to go to Mass every Sunday? Why can’t I the receive the Eucharist if I missed Mass? Why do I have to go to confession?” Blaming the Church is an excuse people use to diminish […]

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My Grandmother’s Cross Has Become Our Cross

April 20, AD2017 2 Comments
My Grandmother’s Cross Has Become Our Cross

My grandmother, Opal, never raised her voice. She found joy in the simplest things: reading a book, playing scrabble, or completing her crossword puzzles. Her house was spotless all the time; not one thing was ever out of place. Her curio cabinet with filled with shiny, colored dishes and trinkets. Some trinkets she bought at […]

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Catholics and New Age, the Occult, and Witchcraft

March 27, AD2017 3 Comments
Catholics and New Age, the Occult, and Witchcraft

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. – Ephesians 6:12 This scripture gives us a picture of the invisible air that surrounds us, and those spiritual beings who occupy it. From […]

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The Power of the Mass: Why We Believe What We Believe

February 15, AD2017 2 Comments
The Power of the Mass: Why We Believe What We Believe

This is the second part of a series on The Power of the Mass. Part one is available here. I have been inspired to make clear not only the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist, but also the continual sacrifice of Jesus on the altar at every Catholic Church throughout the world. The same […]

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The Power of The Mass: Why I Remain Catholic

January 18, AD2017 5 Comments
The Power of The Mass: Why I Remain Catholic

Learning Empathy From the Cross When I was little, I remember sitting in the pew at church gazing up at the huge crucifix that hung on the wall behind the altar. I never heard a word the priest said, nor did I pay any attention to what he was doing. I was just drawn to […]

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