Posts Tagged ‘Life’

The extraordinary in the ordinary Comments 0

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

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
season of creation

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

Talking about death: end-of-life care Comments 0

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Bestselling author Dr. Atul Gawande’s new book focuses on medical care for the dying. In an interview, he speaks with SPIEGEL about end-of-life priorities, when treatment is a mistake and how rules in care homes are made to be broken. SPIEGEL: Doctor Gawande, are you beginning to feel your age? Gawande: Without question. I had Read more

The dignity of the human person and the right to life Comments 0

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

In the battle to win hearts and minds to the cause of life, it is sometimes necessary to speak in non-religious terms.  This is certainly possible and effective. For example, medical science and biology can help us defend the lives of unborn children and argue persuasively for an end to abortion. An unborn child is alive. An unborn Read more

Tolstoy and his calendar of wisdom Comments 0

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

“The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life.” On March 15, 1884, Leo Tolstoy, wrote in his diary: “I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people.” So he set out to Read more

A priest’s journey: depression and suicide Comments 0

Friday, March 13th, 2015

I like stories. Whether it’s a program on EWTN, or a homily, or an article, I like the saga of how some Catholic figure dealt with a challenge. It could be a story about converting the barbarians, or some primitive people, or of a modern man being thrown into prison while facing a seemingly impossible situation. Regardless, I will remember Read more

How much would you pay to save a life? Comments 0

Friday, April 4th, 2014

How much would you pay to save a life? Not necessarily your life, nor the life of someone you know or love. Just a life: Joe Bloggs, Jane Doe, the guy from the bus, the high school friend you don’t speak to any more. Think of a figure, round it to the nearest hundred thousand, Read more

Adoption “made my life more full” Comments 0

Friday, March 28th, 2014

It’s what they talk about in movies and soap operas; 15-years-old, Catholic and pregnant. The daughter of a well known policeman, to the son of a well known Catholic school principal. The shame. The embarrassment. The scandal. Well, that was me, the 15-year-old girl, and from the moment I snuck to the doctors to have Read more