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After more than 25 years in parish ministry, Rev. Cathie retired in early 2018 to pursue a quieter life with her husband Philip in the mountains of Central Oregon. Although no longer a leader in congregational life, she continues to follow her calling and passion to minister to those who suffer, especially those with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Taking Down the Christmas Tree

My cancer support groups meets this morning in my home.  Twice a month, 15 to more than 20 of us gather together to share our lives.  We laugh, we sometimes cry a little and we talk.  We talk about things that are important, things that are deep, things that are hard, and things that are holy. As I came down…

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She’s Gone

“Sissy, she’s gone.”  It was my sister’s voice on the cell phone.  I stood in a Hampton Inn Hotel room outside Dallas, Texas.  Joanie and I had just talked moments before.  Our mother’s hospice nurse had called to say her breathing had just changed and it would be good to come to her side.  They thought…

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A Day of Miracles

It began the night before.  She’d been taken to the Emergency Room by her daughter and granddaughter.  The old woman’s brain was broken by age and the mental disease that had plagued her all her life.  For unknown reasons, her medications had stopped working and deep depression had set in.  Depression had given way to paranoia…

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Why I Care about Life

Last week I offered a post which spoke to the recent revelations of undercover videos displaying Planned Parenthood officials as they trafficked aborted baby parts.  Since that post, there have been yet more videos.  One of the recent is a most disturbing video with a fully intact baby boy, freshly aborted in the third trimester and still moving with…

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