“It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy. Every moment is a gift. … Whatever life gives to you, you can respond with joy. Joy is the happiness that does not depend on what happens. It is the grateful response to the opportunity that life offers you at this moment.”
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I always hear that when we die and go to heaven we will see our loved ones again. That we will be together again. But how can that be? How can It be if someone you … Read More →
British Dominicans visit Blackfriars Monastery in Canterbury, England, from which they were evicted in 1538.
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, Aug 7, 2021 / 15:00 pm (CNA).
Matthias Stom, “Christ Crowned with Thorns,” ca. 1636
Church in a Storm
I’ve been a physician for a very long time, and I still love what I do. I would not have had it any other way – except maybe being an astronaut. But I wear glasses, so that wouldn’t work …
Most of the time it was really fun. Some times were pretty tough. I didn’t like working 36 hours on and 12 hours off when I rotated through neurosurgery. But it was a lot of fun when the first operation I ever did was to open the chest of a young man stabbed in the heart and removed the blood clots interfering with his heartbeat and saved his life. Unfortunately, the next time I had to do that it didn’t work …
I didn’t much enjoy taking care of the 12-year-old boy with 100% burns over his body. Survival for type of injury was unprecedented. That’s doctor-speak meaning he wasn’t going to survive no matter what we did or how hard we tried. But we did try and he did die.