To thee, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we now, with hearts filled with confidence, earnestly beg thee also to take us under thy protection. By that charity wherewith thou wert united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that … Continue reading To thee, O blessed Joseph (Prayer to Saint Joseph)
J Anesth. 2017 Mar 8. doi: 10.1007/s00540-017-2332-4. [Epub ahead of print] Influence of maternal remifentanil concentration on fetal-to-maternal ratio in pregnant ewes. Sato M1,2, Masui K3, Sarentonglaga B4, Yamaguchi M4,5, Fukumori R4,5, Nagao Y4,5, Sago H6, Sumikura H1. Author information 1 Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine, Bunkyo, Tokyo, … Continue reading Influence of maternal remifentanil concentration on fetal-to-maternal ratio in pregnant ewes.
It is indeed a great trial for a couple to realize that there are difficulties for them to conceive a child. There are, in fact, very few couples who are completely sterile without any possibility of pregnancy, while some other couples, appoximately 10 %, are “hypo-fertile”, which means they will take longer to conceive a … Continue reading 30. What are the options when we cannot bear children?
The Shroud is a linen sheet 4.41 meters (~14.5 feet ) long and 1.13 meters (~3.7 feet) wide. The fabric is tightly woven herringbone twill made in a single piece. On it can be seen a double image (front and back) of a human body which has been tortured and beaten, with wounds visible on … Continue reading Shroud: what you see
Christ made Himself poor for you” (2 Cor 8,9) Dear Brothers and Sisters! 1. Each year, Lent offers us a providential opportunity to deepen the meaning and value of our Christian lives, and it stimulates us to rediscover the mercy of God so that we, in turn, become more merciful toward our brothers and sisters. … Continue reading Lent and almsgiving (Benedict XVI)
Cannabis sativa is one of the most widely recreational drugs and its use is more prevalent among depressed patients. Some studies reported that Cannabis has antidepressant effects while others showed increased depressive symptoms in Cannabis users. Therefore, the present study aims to investigate the effect of Cannabis extract on the depressive-like rats. Twenty four rats … Continue reading Cannabis exacerbates depressive symptoms in rat model induced by reserpine
O Risen Christ, You breathe your Holy Spirit on us and you tell us: ‘Peace be yours’. Opening ourselves to your peace – letting it penetrate the harsh and rocky ground of our hearts – means preparing ourselves to be bearers of reconciliation wherever you may place us. But you know at times we are … Continue reading The Pax Christi Prayer (Brother Roger)
. However, this practice cannot be carried out without certain conditions. When it involves a gift by a person who is alive (blood, marrow, kidney), all commercializing of the gift must be avoided. No one must utilize his body or the bodies of others for making money, even if the goal is to help people. … Continue reading 38. What does the Church say about organ donations?
Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, with renewed gratitude for your motherly presence we join in the voice of all generations that call you blessed. We celebrate in you the great works of God, who never tires of lowering himself in mercy over humanity, afflicted by evil and wounded by sin, to heal and to save … Continue reading Act of entrustment to Mary – Pope Francis
“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” (Lk 1: 28). We address the Virgin Mary several times a day with these words of the Archangel Gabriel. Let us repeat them with fervent joy today, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, remembering 8 December 1854 when Blessed Pius IX proclaimed this wonderful Dogma … Continue reading Hail Immaculate! – John Paul II
Are Parents Liable for Their Babies’ Prenatally Acquired Injuries? C. Bellieni, A. Gambino – Ethics & Medicine – Vol. 33:1 Spring 2017, pp. 55-59 CARLO V. BELLIENI, MD; ALBERTO M. GAMBINO, PHD Abstract External factors can interfere with pregnancy; some of them are factors of parental origin, such as active or passive smoking or … Continue reading Are Parents Liable for Their Babies’ Prenatally Acquired Injuries? (Bellieni – Gambino)
Becoming Catholic is one of life’s most profound and joyous experiences. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older children or adults. This tract examines the joyful … Continue reading How to Become a Catholic
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined” (Is 9:1). “An angel of the Lord appeared to [the shepherds] and the glory of the Lord shone around them” (Lk 2:9). This is how the liturgy of this holy … Continue reading The tenderness of Christmas according to Pope Francis
When I dealt with the notion of “healing your family tree” I said that today’s confusion in the Church has led some people to take up New Age ideas unawares. Among these are some mixed-up notions about curses, exorcisms and baptising the dead. Often, healing your tree is meant to liberate you or your family … Continue reading New Age ideas: How Catholics should respond
In the state of confusion in the Church today, some people have taken up new age or Protestant fundamentalist ideas without being aware of their real origin or falsity. A major example of this is the current fad for “Healing the family tree”. There is a book with that title by an Anglican psychiatrist Kenneth … Continue reading Healing the family tree: New Age under the guise of religion
Benedict XVI has on several occasions Explained the beauty and the deeper meaning of Christmas . Here some of His most beautiful phrases : “In Christmas we find the tenderness and love of God who stoops to our limitations, to our weaknesses, to our sins, and who bends down even to us” “Christmas celebrates it … Continue reading The most beautiful phrases of Benedict XVI on Christmas ( Part I )
Everyone, without exception, wants happiness, blessedness. However they all have different ideas about it: one thinks it lies in the delight of the senses and an easy life; another, in virtue; another, in knowledge of the truth. Hence he who teaches us all… begins by correcting those who stray, guiding those who are on the … Continue reading Blessed are the poor in spirit – Isaac of Stella
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love;where there is injury, pardon;where there is doubt, faith;where there is despair, hope;where there is darkness, light;where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be … Continue reading A simple prayer – St.Francis of Assisi
Escaping the sex trade: The stories of Nigerian women forced into prostitution in Italy in pictures… Must read! Spanish photographer Quintin Valero took som…e striking visual record of the work being done by an NGO to help victims of sex trafficking in Asti, near Turin. “What I found was a really strong community of women … Continue reading The stories of Nigerian women forced into prostitution in Italy
It is said that you cannot force love. So, what if I am attracted to someone who is not free to become involved in another relationship? Is happiness not more important than social rules? In such a case, it would be better not to let the attraction turn into passion. Love is not something which … Continue reading 9. Is happiness possible with a man or a woman who is not free?
Today we are rediscovering reincarnation through various oriental religions. For instance, we can read in the song of the blessed Krishna (the Baghavad Gita): “As a man throws away his shabby clothes to put on brand-new ones, the soul, stripping its used-up bodies off, unites with new ones.” (2,22). According to these religions, human life … Continue reading And reincarnation? (49)
“Love is built by two” What would you say about a couple who don`t talk with each other? Wouldn’t you wonder which of the two harmed the other? What is extraordinary about the difference between a man and a woman is that, with their different manner of approaching things, it brings about a mutual enrichment … Continue reading 3. What about fights… and conflicts?