Suffering is something that people complain about far and wide. As a Catholic, however, I have heard people speak about the gift of suffering. Those people look at me, a … Continue Reading The Gift of Suffering?
I am the girl in the wheelchair who was valedictorian of her high school class — I am smart. I say this with no bragging, because everyone is smart in … Continue Reading Learning Is Life
With this reflection, I’m delving into controversy, as you can tell by the title. I feel nervous as I’m writing, so please bear with me. (And yes, it’s long.) I’d … Continue Reading Mother Knows Best? Eugenic Abortion
Tomorrow is my birthday. (Thank you for the kind thoughts! Yes, of course I can hear what’s in your head, silly.) This year, my birthday brings good news and bad … Continue Reading Happy Birthday to Me
I’m a stickler for family traditions. Therefore, as I told my doctor, my preferred way to die is of some kind of cardiac incident in a church. That was how … Continue Reading Respecting Death: an Odd Family Tradition
Saint Augustine wrote, “it is never licit [right] to kill another: even if he should wish it, indeed if he request it because, hanging between life and death, he begs … Continue Reading Life with Dignity: a Personal Plea against Assisted Suicide
I want to help build a culture of life. My vocation, I believe, is to inspire and foster respect for human life, compassion for every human being, and recognition of … Continue Reading On Mass Killings and Respecting Life
I have always been drawn to beauty, as bees are called to nectar and deserts thirst for rain. When I was an atheist, I found delight in the beauty of … Continue Reading Beauty Hunger
Now, breathe out… “His body is letting him down.” We say this about a person who is getting old or becoming sick with an incurable disease. Why? Isn’t the … Continue Reading Expire
Parents can experience something wonderful in the moment when they first see their baby’s eyes and, so, it’s natural for them to feel awe for the child after birth. Newborns can’t see very well, however, but they can hear and were listening – and learning – for months before birth…
At the very beginning of the third trimester of pregnancy, we, small and vulnerable, were using all of our five senses and our brain waves were similar to those of a full-term newborn. Truly human, truly alive, truly amazing!
By the time that you were six months in the womb, you were already physically reacting to music, moving rhythmically to songs. What was your first playlist? Probably your parents’ … Continue Reading Dream a Little Dream: 6 Month Fetus
When did you begin to listen and try to speak? By five months in utero, we were already familiar and interactive with sound. The amazing world of the womb briefly explored and celebrated…
When you looked like this picture, your mother was beginning her second trimester of pregnancy. Your gender was determined in the instant that your life began, but it took a … Continue Reading Quickening: Human In Utero
Between the 8th and 12th week after your life began, you had your own unique set of fingerprints! Yet another way to identify you as YOU. Of course, God doesn’t need any … Continue Reading Human In Utero – No Matter What
What makes a human being a human being? Is it a case of knowing one when we see one? The Bible, however, teaches us not to judge by appearances. And, … Continue Reading All God’s Creatures: 2 Month Fetus