Friday, April 23, 2010

Study links autism and vaccines from aborted babies

A new study was released from the EPA that shows a link between vaccines using cells from aborted babies, and increased rates of autism. The study says 1988 was a turning point because that was when these cells were put into greater use.

Jesus, the Bread of Life

All week long we have been reading from John's chapter 6, the discourse on the Bread of Life, the Eucharist.

“I am the bread of life.”
Do you want to live forever? How much would you pay for eternal life? I did an Internet search for the words “how to live forever” and got almost 52 million hits! Some people are going to great lengths to try and live forever, from having their dead bodies frozen in liquid nitrogen in hopes of future revival, to developing gene therapy that short-circuits the aging process. Perhaps a better question is: where do you want to live forever? Do you want to live forever on an earth filled with suffering and sadness, or do you want eternal life with God in the perfect happiness of heaven?

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us: “This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die…. whoever eats this bread will live forever.” Jesus is telling us the secret of eternal life, the secret that so many desperate people are paying huge amounts of money to discover. It’s ironic and a little sad to see them go to such extraordinary lengths to get something that Jesus offers us freely. It’s like excavating a field to dig up a treasure that was sitting in plain sight. As Jesus tells us in this Gospel, faith is the key that unlocks the door to this treasure: “. . .whoever believes has eternal life.”

It takes faith to believe that the bread Jesus gives us is actually his Body and Blood, his “Flesh for the life of the world.” But when we receive the Eucharist with faith, Jesus gives us a pledge of eternal life. If we want to live forever, we don’t need to have our body frozen after death, or to undergo gene therapy. We only need to turn to Jesus with faith, eat his Body and drink his Blood, and after death he will meet us with open arms.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Religious freedom

I just came across a great talk on religious freedom by Bishop Peter Ingham of the Australian Diocese of Wollongong (don't you love those Australian names!) He discusses the trend in some Western societies to tolerate everything except religion.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Easter egg hunt

Dear Friends,

I would like to let you know about a personal decision that I have come to, after a process of much discernment and prayer.
This may come as a shock. I haven’t even informed my superiors about it.
As you know, this year I came in third in the Easter egg hunt. For the past two years I claimed the silver medal, and for years before that, too many for me to count, I was the undisputed champion of the Easter egg hunt. I really brought home the gold.

But the time has come, as it must for all athletes, to recognize that I have lost my golden touch. A gradual decline has set in.
Last year, I considered this option when I suffered the humiliation of having lost the contest to a little girl. I considered retiring from the Easter egg hunt. But no, I had to do it one more time.
So I did, and I came in third. At least it was a bronze. Some sisters gently suggested that it might be best to retire while I was still in the medals. What if next year I came in last? How could I ever endure that humiliation? It might be better to go out, if not in a blaze of glory, at least without egg on my face.
So, with a heavy heart, I am announcing my retirement from the Easter egg hunt.

It’s been a great run, and I’d like to thank everyone involved. As hard as this is for me to say this, it's over. There's only one way for me to play the game, and that's 100 percent. I have no regrets as I look back on my career. Sure, I would have liked to earn one more gold medal. But I look forward next year to hiding the eggs—I know all the best places!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Fairness for the Pope

The New York Times has been leading the charge in accusing the pope of wrongdoing.
This editorial from the New York Post explains why the charges are false. It centers on the Wisconsin case that the pope is being blamed for, when in fact he was not to blame for anything. See link for details.

Friday, April 02, 2010

A thought for Good Friday

From St Clement of Rome, an early pope:

"Let us fix our attention on the blood of Christ and recognize how precious it is to God his Father, since it was shed for our salvation and brought the grace of repentance to all the world."