Debunking the Myths of a Good Death

Debunking the Myths of a Good Death

by Rachel Oberman          July 6, 2013

Last week I attended a conference at the NYU Catholic Center called “Debunking the Myths of a Good Death: A Discussion about Euthanasia and the Value of Suffering toward the End of Life,” sponsored by Crossroads Cultural Center.  It was a weighty subject, but the speakers, Dr. Margaret Somerville and Dr. Daniel Sulmasy were engaging and passionate. 

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What I Learned from Visiting Amish Farms

What I Learned from Visiting Amish Farms

by Marian West          June 21, 2013

The Amish are a simple people.  Quiet, dressed in black & bold "rainbow" colors, no buttons, zippers, or snaps.  No electricity.  No cars.  They live off the land.  They make their own furniture, marmalades, breads, cheese, clothes, homes… everything; yet they are completely dependent on the Creator to provide.  Their speech is simple, their lives are ordered, and their smiles are big.  Their daily life is one of hard work, time together, and always a current of prayer.

Having been raised in Lancaster County, I have seen the Amish my whole life, but only from a distance.  I see them in their horse-drawn buggies and at Central Market when they bring in their produce to sell.  Now, working as a massage therapist at a midwife clinic, I am stepping into their world a bit more closely and learning from their ways. 

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“Every mile of the race was filled with hope” — A Boston Marathon Runner Remembers.

“Every mile of the race was filled with hope” — A Boston Marathon Runner Remembers.

by Jonathan L. Pinkerton          May 3, 2013

As I boarded the shuttle bus, I realized that I had underestimated the incredible energy and enthusiasm that precedes and surrounds the Boston Marathon. Within a couple hours I was corralled with approximately 27,000 runners, into ‘Athlete’s Village’— a massive pre-race staging area. 96 countries were represented at the 2013 Boston Marathon. I was shoulder-to-shoulder with persons who were incredibly passionate about and committed to the 26.2 mile race. After all, this was more than just a race — it was a historic celebration of our sport, a tribute to the physical and mental endurance of marathoning, and for many runners it was an opportunity to run for an important charitable cause. After five hours of pre-race activities, I finally reached the starting line in Hopkinton, MA.

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Edith Schaeffer, a Life for the Art of Life

Edith Schaeffer, a Life for the Art of Life

By Grace Song         April 19, 2013
Reflection on the life of Edith Schaeffer

Edith Schaeffer, who founded L'Abri (The Shelter) with her husband in the aftermath of WWII in Switzerland, passed away this past Easter Sunday, she was 98.

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“He always encouraged us.”

“He always encouraged us.”

by Mariana Canteros

"Pray for me!", asked our new Pope, His Holiness Francis. For us, faithful of Buenos-Aires, these words had become "his words." Each sermon, each one-on-one encounter, each letter, each conversation, he would conclude with those same words: "Pray for me." And you could tell from his gaze that it was a request to be taken seriously, a request not to forget!

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“Only with the Encounter is my Thirst Quenched,” by Card. Bergoglio

“Only with the Encounter is my Thirst Quenched,” by Card. Bergoglio

by Jorge Card. Bergoglio

"The drama of the world today is the result not only of the absence of God but also and above all of the absence of humankind," wrote then Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, in an introduction to don Giussani's The Religious Sense. LoC selected for you a few paragraphs that reveal what is most dear to the heart of the new Bishop of Rome.

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