Category Archives: faith and spirituality

To thee, O blessed Joseph (Prayer to Saint Joseph)

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)

Influence of maternal remifentanil concentration on fetal-to-maternal ratio in pregnant ewes.

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.

30. What are the options when we cannot bear children?

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?

Cannabis exacerbates depressive symptoms in rat model induced by reserpine

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

Act of entrustment to Mary – Pope Francis

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

Are Parents Liable for Their Babies’ Prenatally Acquired Injuries? (Bellieni – Gambino)

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)

The tenderness of Christmas according to Pope Francis

“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

New Age ideas: How Catholics should respond

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

Healing the family tree: New Age under the guise of religion

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

The most beautiful phrases of Benedict XVI on Christmas ( Part I )

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 )

Blessed are the poor in spirit – Isaac of Stella

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

The stories of Nigerian women forced into prostitution in Italy

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

9. Is happiness possible with a man or a woman who is not free?

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?