When we see two people who are deeply in love with each other, we often think to ourselves that it makes sense because they have so much in common with one another; either they share the same interests, or else they go to school together, etc. In other words, we think we can explain love … Continue reading 10. Why him? Why her?
Marcel : We are 89 and 90 years old respectively and we were married in 1925. And we have always loved each other! How is this possible? I will tell you, it is simpler than we think: everything depends on our conception of love. To love is to be happy in making the other happy. … Continue reading 4. Can we still love each other when we are ninety?
Between euthanasia and extensive therapy, there is a third way the principles of which were defined forty years ago in England: this is referred to as palliative care. This term encompasses various initiatives to increase not the “quantity” of life of the patient – since we are here talking about persons in the terminal phase … Continue reading 45. If euthanasia is not acceptable, what kind of solution do we offer to alleviate the sufferings of people with incurable diseases?
Who can know what is going on in the mystery of the heart of a person who is suffering? Who dares to say that this person should no longer live? For Christians, perhaps there is, at this instant, an ultimate moment of meeting, of forgiveness, of offering or of love. All people, believers or non-believers, … Continue reading 44. A person in a coma : what can be done? life support or euthanasia?
Isn’t love what we all desire? How could we live without loving and being loved? Among the different expressions of love are friendship, dedication to a cause or to a person, the love of parents for their children, the exclusive love between a man and a woman united in marriage and the love with which … Continue reading 1. Love, what is It?
The question is not whether I can remain faithful all my life when I get married, but rather whether I am determined to stay with the person I marry for life. Every day, we are called to renew the commitment we made in Church on our wedding day; to say ‘yes’ in our everyday acts. … Continue reading 14. How can i remain faithful all my life?
Life as a couple – does it have anything to do with society and with the Church? Some people say: It has nothing to do with anyone but me, no one has any right to say anything about my marriage… There is some truth in this, at least in part. Marriage is first and essentially … Continue reading 15. Getting married – what does it add to our lives?
Will his life be happy or unhappy? It does not depend on the severity of the handicap. It does not depend on the number of cells in his brain. But it depends on his surroundings, because for him, as for each one of us, happiness is mainly to love and be loved. The child is … Continue reading 28. Why should we want a handicapped child to live?
In reading the Gospels, the Church teaches that God promises eternal life in the joy of His presence to everyone of goodwill(1). Sometimes we welcome Jesus without really knowing him. These are the words of the Lord himself when he talks about the last judgment: «Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared … Continue reading 48. Is it necessary to be christian to be saved?
These witnesses do not tell us anything more than to point out a particular area of human consciousness in certain limited situations (coma, apparent death, etc.) Most people come out of this kind of experience with the desire to change their lives. Jesus died and according to the testimony of his disciples, he rose from … Continue reading 47. And life after death?
Personal Experience For a number of months, I was assailed with anxieties: doubt, guilt, discouragement I tried to resist them with small acts of faith, but I had to do so repeatedly and my difficulties persisted. One day while praying, I complained to God about my anxieties – when all of a sudden I had … Continue reading 43. What’s the meaning of suffering?
Every person, at some time in their life, will find themselves confronted by suffering either personally or in their immediate surroundings. It seems to be the end. Everything collapses And the question springs up: Why? and above all, Why me? What did I do wrong? This is the moment of devastation or revolt in which … Continue reading 42. If God is good, why is there suffering?
For the first Christians, the resurrection after death was a strong reality. They did everything they could to be able to bury the bodies of their dead. When we visit the catacombs in Rome, we are struck by the care and the faith with which the dead were buried. They are laid out as if … Continue reading 46. What do I choose? Burial or Cremation?
If we judge the value of a life according to criteria of efficiency, productivity and economy, society would tend to do away with those handicapped persons who are not useful and who cost a lot because they require so much care. Even so, we are able to share from experience that many people with disabilities … Continue reading 41. What sense is there in the life of a handicapped person?
You cannot accept yourself as you are. Tormented, paralyzed, you feel alone… Above all, you don’t love yourself and you think that no one else is able to love you. You prefer death rather than living in this unbearable way. Death appears as a means of help and it fascinates you. At the heart of … Continue reading 40. Why do I have to live when I didn’t ask to be born?
No one is ever very far away from God: He is not able to stop loving us. « You will not be forgotten by me. I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like mist; return to me for I have redeemed you. » (Isaiah 44:21-22) Countless times in the Bible … Continue reading 39. I regret what I did : Is it too late to do anything about it?
“Evil is not only a deficiency [or the absence of good],”, explains Pope Paul VI, “but… a living [spiritual] being, who [is both] perverted and a perverter. A terrible reality. Mysterious and terrifying. He is enemy number one, tempter par excellence. We know that this obscure and frightening being really exists and that he is … Continue reading 36. Isn’t the Devil just a projection of our evil inclinations?
We all aspire to be happy. All the choices which we make in life, ultimately, have one sole aim: happiness. The real question is, therefore, whether we can achieve happiness and how. Our deepest aspiration is to love and to be loved. Are not the wounds inflicted by love the ones that hurt us the … Continue reading 50. So then?What is happiness?
Handing out condoms to teenagers and young adults is not an efficient way to stop the spread of AIDS. Studies show that condoms are used less often as the number of instances of sexual encounters increase. It is rather by developing responsible behavior and ethics about love that we will have the best defense in … Continue reading 37. Does the Church help in the fight against Aids?
Isn’t it surprising that a large number of people, who ordinarily are not at all interested in the faith and teachings of the Church, suddenly become disturbed when she speaks out against abortion, the pill or in vitro fertilization. Is it not true that, deep down inside ourselves, we have doubts in our conscience, whenever … Continue reading 35. Why does the Catholic Church make certain demands which run contrary to the opinion of many people?
First trap: you experience it for the first time for various reasons – out of simple curiosity or a brutal discovery of your sexuality, through reading, television, solitude, emotional compensation or by being led along by friends…. But the physical pleasure which goes with it, leads very quickly to a repetition and then multiplication of … Continue reading 34. Masturbation is a trap?
Man was created free and always relishes in himself the taste for freedom which is expressed, in particular, in his choices and decisions. It can even be said that an act is human only insofar as the act is free. Nowadays, many people think that because they are free, no one has the right to … Continue reading 33. Good and evil: am i not the only judge of all that concerns me?
Impurity blinds the heart and mind: Warps perspective Enslaves Perverts love Indeed, day after day, insidiously, men and women see each other as objects to be used for their personal pleasure. Our view becomes biased. Instead of discovering our fiance(e) or spouse in the fullness of their personality including their corporal, spiritual, emotional, intellectual and … Continue reading 32. How does erotic movies hurt relationships?
God created man and woman in His image so that they may be happy both in daily human life and as children of God, sharing in God’s life and finding fulfilment through an unselfish gift of themselves. But man, misled by the devil who made him doubt God’s word, decided to depend only on himself. … Continue reading 31. What is Original Sin?
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?
An enormous pressure is put on developing countries to diminish their birthrate. Measures are forced upon them which often run contrary to human respect. For example, a certificate of sterilization must be produced in order to get a job in certain societies. International organizations will only give financial aid on the condition that birth control … Continue reading 29 Over-population? Should developing countries be forbidden to have children?
Abortion is ending the life of an embryo, which is the life of a human being. Even though it is performed by a medical doctor, it is an act of murder. The consequences are not neutral for the mother either: forcing open the cervix (and the sudden end of the hormonal activity of the ovary) … Continue reading 27. Abortion, true, It’s not Ideal. But in Certain Cases?
. 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?
They are a group of methods based on observations of the feminine menstrual cycle. During a normal cycle, a woman is fertile only for a certain number of days. Her body, in preparing to conceive a new life, sends out signals that can be observed : the rise in basal body temperature by a few … Continue reading 26. What are the Natural Methods of Birth Control?
The pill is not a ‘natural product’. By means of chemical products, the goal of the contraceptive pill in any case is to block the physiological process of the woman in order to render her infertile. The natural methods of family planning (NFP) are different in that, without suppressing her physiological rthymn, the woman comes … Continue reading 25. The Pill or the Natural Cycle?