Posts Tagged ‘Life’

Life is like crossing a busy road… Comments 0

Monday, August 6th, 2018
Life

Three old friends approach a pedestrian crossing near a busy intersection. As the traffic lights change, vehicles hurry through the road junction to where they are to cross. One friend rushes anxiously across, beating the oncoming cars. Out of self-preservation, another stands steadfast on the curb. The third fearfully steps backwards. They look at one Read more

What unborn babies know, and when they know it Comments 0

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Last week Stacy Trasancos wrote a commentary piece for the Register called “The Pain Unborn Children Feel.” In contrast to the dogmatism on this subject often seen on both sides of the abortion debate, Stacy was careful not to claim too much. And as early as 20 weeks they are able to recoil from stressors and Read more

Life and Life Comments 0

Thursday, August 10th, 2017
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Years ago, a woman who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, asked me to pray for a miracle of healing. As she talked about this, I was aware that her body was in advanced labour to give birth to her soul. I wanted to tell her I believe we have our definitions back to front: Read more

Scientists, theologians, philosophers discuss what constitutes life Comments 0

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Progress in understanding new biology may create a new phase in the scientific explanation of life, say some of the 100 scientists, theologians and philosophers who gathered for a conference at England’s Oxford University last week. They say rapid advances made in biological research in recent decades are raising questions about what they mean for Read more

The living, the dead, and Alfred Lord Tennyson Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Although never fond of church going and heedless of doctrinal orthodoxy, Tennyson was profoundly religious, stating: “Two things I have always been firmly convinced of—God—and that death will not end my existence.” Early and late, Tennyson’s theme was mortal beauty.  In The Princess (1847), when he was scarcely forty, he set it to an enchanting Read more

What’s changed so that all priests may forgive abortion Comments 0

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

The Roman Catholic Church will allow priests all over the world to grant forgiveness for abortion. This announcement came from Pope Francis at the end of the Jubilee of Mercy – a holy year dedicated to forgiveness. When the holy year concluded on Nov. 20, Pope Francis made permanent the permission that he had provisionally Read more

The extraordinary in the ordinary Comments 0

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
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We all have those moments that go beyond words. Something seen or heard can touch us in a way we can’t describe, but in effect it softens us, warms us, expands us with a sense of light. We feel wide open to the beauty of God in creation. Our senses are the doorways. They may Read more

Saving his life by volunteering Comments 0

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

It’s not unusual to experience setbacks in life, and most people, with the right support, can overcome them. But sometimes, a tragic circumstance such as a difficult childhood or the death of a loved one can set us off course. In these situations it takes a special encounter to get back on track and make Read more

Pope signs statutes for Vatican mega-dicastery Comments 0

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Pope Francis has signed the statutes for a new “mega-dicastery” in the Vatican for laity, family and life. The Pontifical Councils for Laity and for the Family will become one dicastery, also a pontifical council. The new body should begin its work on September 1, but it is still unknown who will head it. Francis Read more

The miracle of life Comments 0

Friday, May 6th, 2016

I experienced a miracle! A few days ago, I held in my arms my first grandbaby – newly born Faith Annmarie. Thank God she’s healthy and perfectly formed. And as I was looking at her, I reflected how wonderfully she is made – arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes, eyes, mouth, nose, ears, as well Read more