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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Enlightenment through a stroke & other links

This is a remarkable talk by a remarkable scientist, Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor, who recounts what she learned from her stroke(Via Hootsbuddy)Feed your right brain! Pray - meditate - contemplate!Other interesting links:Is "Manmade" Global Warming Alarmism Al Gore's therapeutic solution to his 2000 loss?Can embracing the hard stuff carve out your heroism?If your religion has to threaten you with death to hold you, do you stay?Is the craft of journalism depressed or full of … [Read more...]

New Book on Lourdes

2008 is the marks 150 years since a sickly and ignorant Pyrenees peasant named Bernadette Soubirous experienced visions of a "beautiful lady" at a grubby pig-watering place called Massabielle.Bernadette SoubirousDuring those visits, Bernadette was exhorted to pray, and to do penance for the sinfulness of humanity. She was instructed to give messages to the local priests, to tell them that the lady wished for a chapel to be built in her honor, and for "processions" to come.In one dramatic … [Read more...]

If you’re not perfect you might as well just die -UPDATED

GM Roper with a powerful post linking to this story on the increasingly narrow terms of health coverage in the UK, where, you know, health care is "free."So now, the Democrats want to emulate the English. They claim health care is a right, that the insurance companies are making a fortune, that the poor lack access to health care. Well, insurance companies do fairly well, but then that is because of their investments more than anything. As to the poor lacking access, nonsense, what they … [Read more...]

If you're not perfect you might as well just die -UPDATED

GM Roper with a powerful post linking to this story on the increasingly narrow terms of health coverage in the UK, where, you know, health care is "free."So now, the Democrats want to emulate the English. They claim health care is a right, that the insurance companies are making a fortune, that the poor lack access to health care. Well, insurance companies do fairly well, but then that is because of their investments more than anything. As to the poor lacking access, nonsense, what they … [Read more...]

Scanning the ‘spere: Mil-laptops to Mars attacks

Project Valor, a yearly effort to raise funds to buy Voice-Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops, is once again underway. I just donated via Confederate Yankee, and ended up on the Air Force team but Ed Morrissey has a Navy widget up if you like. Sister Toldjah's got the mean, green Gyrenes and Army Wife Toddler Mom brings up the rear. In a good way. Help if you can, it's a great cause.I worked hard to impress upon my children the evils of smoking. Seems I've screwed up their … [Read more...]

What brings longevity? – UPDATED

Modern medicine is miraculous. The placement of a stent to hold open a narrowed tube...and things quickly get rosier. I thank you for your prayers, yesterday. When a man is 75 years old, everything can look scary very quickly. Pop is looking better; things look much better, all around, after a frightening few hours.It's funny, both of my in-law's fathers died in their 40's, of heart ailments - and that was back when folks walked everywhere and worked hard at physical labor, and foods were … [Read more...]


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