The Power of One

Deacon Greg has a homily up for this Sunday that is a cut-and-a-half above his usual superb offering: This week, in the Boston Globe, I read the story of an elderly couple named Sol and Rita Rogers. They’ve been married 61 years. They’ve raised a family and lived a long and happy life together. A few years ago, that began to change. Rita developed Alzheimer’s. And she is slipping deeper and deeper into dementia.Several weeks ago, she was taken to a health care center, where she now has to live. … [Read more...]

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Insomniac quick hits II

George W. Obama: Jim Geraghty identifies what would be an Obama Bushism, if such things were being observed and tallied:"You know, it's always a bad practice to say 'always' or 'never.'" — Obama, speaking in AmmanI know another:"Only a Sith speaks in absolutes."But I never could stay awake through that movie. Hot Air finds another.The verbal gaffes must be because Obama is tired. I can accept that; traveling knocks the crap out of me, and Obama really is "only human". But I can't h … [Read more...]

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The Heart and Soul of Baseball

Thank reader Brendan for this one:Sister Edwin moves from room to room, singing show tunes. She laughs the laugh of a right jolly old elf. She jingles her rosary beads the way a maintenance man jingles a ring of keys. She perspires at the lip and brow, hustling from patient to patient. "Is your sister back from Florida?" she calls to one. "How are you feeling? Did you watch the Braves game last night?" she asks, rubbing the toes of another. "Nice and easy, take it slow," she says, cupping … [Read more...]

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Is Universal Health Care a "done deal?"

I wonder about it in my latest PJM piece.Once the thing is put into motion, there will be no pulling back. American presidents may peacefully surrender their power, but bureaucrats never do.It's actually generating a very interesting comments thread. I'm appreciating all the feedback from people outside the US. … [Read more...]

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Something to those big Irish Breakfasts

The only time I ever lost weight on vacation was on a trip to Ireland, where we stayed at different B&B's almost every night. The "big Irish breakfast" was wonderful, every day, and we ate it all - cereal or porridge, black bread with butter, yogurt with berries, eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes and fried tomatoes and lots of coffee with cream. It would keep us quite filled and energetic until supper (I don't believe we ever ate lunch, although we took a break each day for a Guinness and … [Read more...]

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Breakthrough: Adult Stem Cells & Parkinson's

Great - and, for anyone following the stunning medical advances being made thanks to ADULT Stem Cell Research - unsurprising news on the Parkinson's front. Just as numerous spinal cord injuries are being successfully treated with ASC taken from nasal cavities, it looks there sufferers of Parkinson's Disease may be helped, too.SYDNEY, Australia, June 12, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - New research on stem-cell therapy shows scientists have found that the cure for Parkinson's disease may lie right … [Read more...]

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US HEALTHCARE! BOO-RAH!

I love this story! It is (no pun intended ) an in-your-face illustration of old fashioned American Can-Doism, when confronted with "nothing can be done":Cody Hall was born with a hemangioma, a tumorous birthmark that distorted the shape of her face and grew larger as she got older.When she was 1-year-old, her doctors in England told her parents that nothing could be done about her condition, so her parents took her to see surgeons in the U.S.Fourteen years and 18 reconstructive surgeries … [Read more...]

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To know and be known

Video Via Deacon Greg.I read of a couple who chose to deliver a baby that every doctor said they should abort, because the baby would likely never live outside the womb. They had the baby - they gave him life, named him, blessed him, held and kissed and loved him for the 45 minutes he lived. They cooed and took his picture and said to him, "we welcome you, we love you; we are yours and you are ours; we thank God for you, we will see you again."A few years ago, as my brother was dying, I … [Read more...]

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Only offering "one cure…"

There are so many illnesses, so many doctors, so many specialised treatments - and then there's me, the priest.I carry a little bag on my shoulder with Holy Oils, Holy Water, Holy Cards and, of course, the Blessed Sacrament. Nothing beeps or flashes. I go to each patient, one after the other, and only ever find one illness and only ever offer one cure.I love this post. … [Read more...]

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What we don't know is a lot.

Dr Melissa Clouthier has a great post up about amazing people and nearly miraculous things. I urge you to go read it; my favorite part was this astounding video of what an autistic man can draw by memory after a 45 minute helicopter tour of Rome.We humans are wonderously, gloriously made, and for all we think we know, I don't think we understand a bare tenth of what makes us the creatures we are, about ourselves, our brains, our spirits and our beings.Related: Enlightenment through a … [Read more...]

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