Posts Tagged ‘Compassion’

Authentic Healthcare for the Elderly

Recently I saw an ad for the “10 commandments of caring” on the internet. It was produced by the HCR Manor Care Company, which has rest homes around the country. While it is not religiously affiliated, its message is quite good, and I would like to take the reader through it from a Catholic perspective.

If these ideals were followed in other facilities which provide nursing care, assisted living, or any type of...

Ever Ancient, Ever New: Hired Man

“Home is the place where when you have to go there, They have to take you in.”

“I should have called it Something you somehow haven’t to deserve.” – Robert Frost, “The Death of the Hired Man”

Warren, the father figure in the poem, makes the first statement, and Mary, his wife, responds with the second sentence. Silas, an irresponsible hired hand on the farm who leaves Warren in the busiest time of the year,...

The Banality of Evil – The Eichmanns Among Us

When Hannah Arendt published her book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil fifty years ago, it caused a great scandal. Her critics thought that she was belittling the Holocaust. However, Arendt was not speaking about the Holocaust, which she believed to be just as horrific as her critics did, but about one of its perpetrators and the way he was involved in this terrible genocide.

Eichmann had been a desk-murderer,...

Body Ownership Issues?

Two Belgian twins were recently euthanized together in December 2012. They were deaf and only learned recently that they would soon be blind. Since they could not see and hear each other, they chose to commit suicide. Euthanasia is permissible under Belgian law if “the patient is in a medically futile condition of constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering that cannot be alleviated, resulting from a serious...

Wanting One More

After 9 years of marriage, our little Thérèse Marie arrived on the feast-day of the Archangels in 2009. Great was our joy after all these years of waiting, longing, mourning, hoping and doubting that this would ever happen. We finally held our little daughter in our arms after 33 hours of labor ending in a C-section. I came to experience what so many mothers had told me about: the deep happiness of having a...

Protecting Life by Recognizing and Responding to Signs for Suicide

More than 32,000 Americans die by suicide each year. Even more startling is the 816,000 attempted suicides in the United States annually...