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My Domestic Church Daily Clips 10/10/2009

  • tags: Catholic, current, events

    • Father Pacholczyk said he often receives requests for guidance from couples who have frozen embryos that they can no longer use.

      "It's a burning question for them," he said. "But I tell them there is no simple answer."

      The priest said the "minimal obligation" for such couples is to
      "acknowledge that they have children trapped in these frozen
      orphanages" and to "pay the monthly fees to be sure that their children
      don't end up thawing and dying."

      Then, he said, they should "wait and see if someday an answer
      might present itself," although he said he is skeptical that science
      will come up with a solution.

      Father Pacholczyk also said he sees a need for long-term
      psychological testing of the children produced through in vitro
      fertilization or in other unusual reproductive circumstances.

      "I think studies will find that these children do not do as
      well (psychologically) as children conceived in the marital embrace,"
      he said. "I think there will be effects that will be demonstrable, if
      the studies are done."
  • Hands down, the best web site that I have ever found on the topic. If the inept hospice workers had given my sister and me this type of information I think we both would have actually been there when mom passed.

    tags: death, dying

    • Signs of Imminent Death

      Eyes have glassy fixed stare with large pupils

      Pasty grey, or blue greyish colour present especially on lips, hands
      and feet

      Hands and feet can be cold

      Jaw open, breathing through mouth very rapid or very slow (often with
      rattle) with pauses of 20-50 seconds between breaths

      Unresponsive to voice or pain

      It is most important not to do or say anything that
      might disturb or anger the person, like speaking abruptly, arguing,
      crying, rough handling; maintain a peaceful atmosphere with people praying,
      meditating or chanting according to the dying person's wishes or as
      instructed by their spiritual guide/teacher. Any supporters can generate
      limitless universal or devotion in their hearts and the wish for the
      dying person to be released from suffering with this love or devotion/faith
      and become unified with love, with god or with their source of inspiration
      and virtue.

  • Folow Father Damien de Veuster on Facebook!

    tags: Catholic, feast, FatherDamien

  • A web site dedicated to Father Damien who will finally be canonized on Sunday!!!

    tags: saints, FatherDamien

  • Congratulations to Josh and Anna on their first baby. Congratulations to them also for their successful home birth!

    tags: duggar, birth, childbirth, homebirth

    • There's doting – and then there's Duggar doting.

      Mackynzie Renée Duggar is in for an avalanche of family attention: She's not only the first grandchild in the reality TV clan, but she already has 17 aunts and uncles, plus one more on the way, since her grandparents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are expecting their 19th child in the spring.

      Mackynzie was born at the home of her parents, Joshua and Anna, with a midwife and doula attending the birth. "Josh was excited to participate in the birth as well," says a family friend. "They are both so happy."
  • Update on HSLDA attorney Chris Klicka's condition. A lot of what he is going through sounds very familiar to what I read about when my mother was dying, although she didn't have as much agitation. I wonder if part of that is because she was older and female.

    Mr. Pete spoke personally to Mr. Klicka a few years ago at a big homeschool convention about his multiple sclerosis. One of our sisters-in-law had just been diagnosed with MS and was failing fast. He suggested a diet that he was on that had improved his health greatly and he gave a copy to Mr. Pete. Both my brother and sister-in-law went on this diet and they too had good results with it. I will always be grateful to Mr. Klicka for that.

    tags: homeschooling, death, grief, dying

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    • The prize seems to be more for Obama's promise than for his performance.
    • His scorecard for the year is largely an "incomplete," if he's being graded.

      He banned torture and other extreme interrogation techniques for terrorists. But he also promised to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a source of much distaste for the U.S. around the world, a difficult task that now seems headed to miss his own January 2010 deadline.

  • Oh for cryin out loud...

    tags: Obama, current, events

    • OSLO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for giving the world "hope for a better future" and striving for nuclear disarmament, in a surprise award that drew both warm praise and sharp criticism.

      The decision to bestow one of the world's top accolades on a president less than nine months into his first term, who has yet to score a major foreign policy success, was greeted with gasps of astonishment from journalists at the announcement in Oslo.

      The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." But critics -- especially in parts of the Arab and Muslim world -- called its decision premature.

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