TAKING A STAND

TAKING A STAND

by Althea Stresino, MDWhen I was a medical student, I was resolute in becoming a family physician.I regard the family unit as the most important in a society. It was my family who instilled in me my Chris- tian values and who helped me achieve my goal of being a...
Uncovering Human Dignity with Mercy

Uncovering Human Dignity with Mercy

On April 11, 2015, Pope Francis declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy. In the bull, Misericordiae Vultus, Pope Francis says that the Holy Year is “dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which God constantly extends to all of us.” Mercy, being so abstract, can...
To Be Alive is a Grand Thing

To Be Alive is a Grand Thing

In 1926, during a lengthy period of much tribulation and upheaval in her personal life, the great mystery writer, Agatha Christie noted:”I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still...
Facing Death With Dignity

Facing Death With Dignity

Death with dignity has become synonymous with euthanasia, suicide, taking one’s life in hand and ending it.  Our society is falling for the lie that weakness lessens our worth, that suffering steals our dignity.  Dignity is defined as “the state or quality...
An Inheritance of Lasting Value

An Inheritance of Lasting Value

Sunday, September 7, is Grandparent’s Day.  As we celebrate our family members it is a good moment to step back and take a long look at the many gifts they have bestowed on us.  And I am not talking about the kind of gift that comes in colored paper and ribbons....