Monthly Archives: May 2006

26 May: St. Philip Neri

COLLECT:Deus, qui fideles tibi servossanctitatis gloria sublimare non desistis,concede propitius,ut illo nos igne Spiritus Sanctus inflammet,quo beati Philippi cor mirabiliter penetrvit.
The only tricky word here is sublimo, which according to the thorough Lewis & Short Dictionary is "to lift up … Continue reading

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I am delighted to share with you a new addition to our collection of translations of The Internet Prayer which has been diffused throughout the world.  Check this out!  Indonesian!  One of the readers of WDTPRS took the bull by … Continue reading

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“PVS” patients and Zolpidem

Put yourself in their straitjacket.

What happens to you when you die from dehydration? First, think about going for a day without a single drink of water, two days, three . . . nothing. You would find something to drink, urgently crave it, set aside every other goal to get water in any way. You would suffer. Then what?

Imagine that you are unable to move or communicate according to your wishes. Maybe you are strapped down, gagged, blindfolded, isolated. The people around you decide that, since you are not communicating with them, or demonstrating that you are a “human being” because you are not revealing use of your higher functions, you should die. They stop feeding you or giving you anything to drink. Period. How long before you are mildly hungry and thirsty? Before you are really thirsty? When doctors decide to withhold nutrition and hydration from PVS people, who are cognitively disabled, they die of thirst long before they die of starvation: The cause of death is severe dehydration.

So, as you lie there, what is going on in your body? When your body’s fluid supply is severely depleted (because you are taking none in) and down by around 15%, hypovolemic shock or “physical collapse” occurs, that is, your blood supply gets lower and lower until you don’t have enough blood volume to function.

Your skin becomes pale and clammy. Your heart starts to race and your breathing becomes rapid and shallow. Unless you get water soon, it will get harder and harder to reverse your condition. You soon desperately need medical care. Your blood pressure drops so low that sometimes it can’t be detected at all. Then your extremities become blotchy and mottled as your body starts to shut down the periphery, shunting an ever-decreasing volume of available blood to the core, the heart and vital organs.

If you are conscious, your thirst is agony. Your temperature rises and when it hits 107°F (41.7°C), it starts to damage your brain and other organs. Your lips and tongue crack. Your nose bleeds from the dryness of the mucous membranes. You are wracked with pain from the heaving and attempts to vomit. You can’t tell anyone how much you are suffering. Since those around you don’t see your suffering, they think you must not have any pain. This appears to be “merciful.”

This is how they purposely kill helpless people. Let dehydration happen to a football player during practice on a hot summer day and everyone goes crazy, pointing fingers and making accusations, filing lawsuits and suing everyone in sight. But this is done daily in the USA and other countries to people who are otherwise healthy, and simply need the love and care that any person with a disability needs. Lock a horse in a stall without food and water and you will go to jail.
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I tip my biretta to the one who alerted me to the existance of the photo spread by Time on Pope Benedict’s first year as Roman Pontiff. o{]:¬)

Did you take a careful look at photo #12? This is the Pope at the monumnent in honor of Pius IX’s infallible declaration about the Immaculate Conception. As Benedict is passing by the monument you can see in the background that someone has with a floral arrangment displayed the word “INDULTO”, which of course is “INDULT”. Continue reading

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O bloggers, we are the abstract and brief chronicles of our time

My experience is that many people, and also prelates, have as their greatest fear BAD PRESS. Their greatest fears swirl about news stories putting them in bad light.

The words of Shakespeare’s Hamlet spring to mind. In Act II scene ii, the Players come to the castle. Hamlet is excited at their arrival. Continue reading

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And over at my favorite Middle English blog

Did you know that Geoffrey Chaucer hath a blog?   His latest entry is very good provender for all of who know that the only thing worse than getting spam is not getting anything at all.  In another post I asked … Continue reading

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Framed at the Cafeteria

Over at The Cafeteria is Closed Gerald has posted something too funny for words. I tip my biretta in his direction. o{]:¬) I made it the wallpaper on my cellphone. Continue reading

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Brawls in the sport God loves best

There is a fun piece over at SI today about notorious brawls. Great photos. Check it out! Continue reading

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Vigil of Ascension Thursday

Here is an excerpt from the WDTPRS article in the print version, which ought to be either inthe mail or in your mail boxes by now.
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24 May: St. Vincent of Lérins

Today is the feast of St. Vincent of Lérins (5th c.). 
He is the fellow who gave us a famous rule for distinguishing true Catholic teaching from heresy.  In a work called the Commonitorium, written ostensibly to help us remember … Continue reading

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