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Happy New Year and, more importantly, a blessed solemnity of Mary the Mother of God! Andrea Solario, Madonna With the Green Cushion The body is noble because the Son of God, in assuming flesh, did not do so by appearing in the full bloom and blossom of manhood. He thought so much of it that […]


Posted at: January 1st, 2016 - 10:07 pm - Number of Comments » 1

A voice is heard in Ramah, lamenting and weeping bitterly: it is Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more. -Jeremiah 31:15 Today, December 28, the Church remembers the “Holy Innocents” who lost their lives in Bethlehem shortly after Christ’s birth. Then it was all boys […]


Posted at: December 28th, 2015 - 12:09 pm - Number of Comments » 0

This is a classic post, from Msgr. Charles Pope on “Bioethics and the Birth of Christ”: As we approach Christmas we ought to ponder the magnificence of human conception, gestation, birth and life. Even as we extoll the birth of Jesus, we also do well to acknowledge the awesome and mysterious truth that every human […]


Posted at: December 21st, 2015 - 12:08 am - Number of Comments » 0

I’m always amazed when people try to come up with a religious argument for supporting the destruction of nascent human life. I’ve heard the “abortion isn’t mentioned in the bible” line and, of course, the excuse that some fathers of the Church thought ensoulment was delayed till a few weeks after conception. That’s why I […]


Posted at: December 8th, 2015 - 7:30 am - Number of Comments » 0

In his address to Congress last month, Pope Francis expressed concern for the family, which he says is “threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without.” He particularly called attention to, “those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young.” The children. When society starts messing around with the meaning of marriage and […]


Posted at: October 23rd, 2015 - 1:51 pm - Number of Comments » 1

On the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009, Dr. Oz declared that the stem cell debate was effectively “over”. He explained that embryonic stem cells were harder to control and touted the then brand new discovery of induced pluripotent (Ips) stem cells. I know many in the pro-life movement who agree with Dr. Oz’ assessment and, […]


Posted at: September 24th, 2015 - 12:49 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Today the Catholic Church honors the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of Our Lady of Sorrows. Today also happens to be my birthday, so this feast has always kind of been a bit of a personal one for me. Our Lady was so intimately linked with the redemptive work of her Son that she […]


Posted at: September 15th, 2015 - 8:00 am - Number of Comments » 0

Let us celebrate with joy the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for from her arose the sun of justice, Christ our God! Image: ‘The Birth of the Virgin’, fresco by Juan de Borgoña Typically Church to celebrates a saint’s death day instead of their birthday. The birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an […]


Posted at: September 8th, 2015 - 6:42 am - Number of Comments » 2

No, this is not a joke or an onion parody. There is actually a man in Russia who has volunteered to receive the world’s first human head transplant (or body transplant, depending on how you look at it). Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from a rare form of spinal muscular dystrophy called Werdnig-Hoffman disease, recently met […]


Posted at: June 25th, 2015 - 4:28 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Always a pleasure getting up before the sunrises to chat about bioethics with Mike Allen. Yesterday morning we discussed the ethical questions surrounding transhumanism and the movement against surrogacy. http://www.reflectionsofaoaralytic.com/audio/Mike-Allen-05-27-15a.m4a http://www.reflectionsofaoaralytic.com/audio/Mike-Allen-05-27-15b.m4a (Can’t see the players? Click here and here for direct links to each segment.) If you haven’t yet, please sign your name to the […]


Posted at: May 28th, 2015 - 6:51 am - Number of Comments » 0