Ponder: Stop for a moment and remember the women in two thirds of the world who face the threat of death during every delivery.
Prayer: Lord, bless all mothers and expectant mothers. Open our eyes to see and use our fingertips to write to help expectant mothers in the third world.
My daughter almost died during childbirth 6 days ago when she almost bled out, loosing a litre of blood
I gazed down at her limp form,
As a tear trickled down her pale face.
“I felt myself slipping away…”
My daughter thought for a moment that she was dying,
Her husband carried her weak body to the washroom.
The nurse held her new son’s weight, as she nursed.
Life and death are not as far apart as I had presumed.
The largest threat in third world countries is the lack of proper maternal health care for women. In these countries, the women often die of haemorrhaging. This usually occurs while they are giving birth or after the process because there are no doctors or nurses in their presence. When the women begin losing a lot of blood, there is nothing anyone can do.
It is Good Friday, a day we reflect on our Lord’s passion and death. Yet a day that I am thinking of birth, as well..Jesus’ birth in a stable, with no doctor, in an era where mothers died during childbirth, especially young girl-mothers like Mary. I wonder what thoughts or fears went through her head? Of course God was with her and within her in a unique way, yet….
In this painting, young Mary is exhausted, asleep as angels entertain baby JesusBirth: Life or Death? 1 Ponder: Stop for a moment and remember the women in two thirds of the world who face the threat of death during every delivery.
A poem about
Life and death.
Darkness and light.
Agony and joy.
On this Good Friday I reflect that just 6 days ago I almost lost my daughter in childbirth.
I could have lost a daughter in childbirth on Saturday.
My daughter almost bled out when she lost a litre of blood in mere seconds after an emergency C-section.
Of course, in a modern hospital, an emergency team of no less than ten…
A joke is a very serious thing. Winston Churchill
Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not, and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs. Christopher Morley
When humor goes, there goes civilization. Erma Bombeck
Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you
It is Holy Thursday, the night we celebrate the Chrism Mass.Tonight, churches around the entire globe will wait in prayerfull vigil, with lights dimmed, all images covered with the congregation in respectful, sombre silence. The Church is remembering the end of Jesus’s public life as a teacher and healer and walking with Him as He begins His most important work, the work of salvation in His…
I could have lost a daughter in childbirth on Saturday.
She almost bled out when she lost a litre of blood in seconds. Of course, in a modern hospital, an emergency team of no less than ten people, descended on her, whipped off all sheets, nightgown and the screen in place for her emergency C- section which upset her husband. HE had to be dragged out and told why she was treated like a piece of…
What makes a good parent? In one word? Humility. In two words, a sense of humour and humility.Think about it for a minute and you see why.
Children are well…little and vulnerable, vulnerable to the large, often clueless adults, who care for them. Put yourself in a baby’s situation. Preverbal for years it must be frustrating to be tired or in pain, only to have a bottle thrust into your mouth…
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The following images are all based on the Shroud of Turin.
This first image is a 3-D image of the Risen Christ. from an image of The Shroud Of Turin.i Beside it is the shroud of Turin overlaid on the Sinai icons. In the second row both of the small light images on the left are called the Real Face of Jesus and are not a paintings but computer generated images from the Shroud of Turin, as seen on History Channel. The image on the right, in the second row is an actual painting but once again based on the Shroud. The last. large work of art is also based on the shroud.large painting is beautiful, capturing a strong man with deep, compassionate eyes.Don’t think I’ve ever seen this painting of Jesus. I am not sure of the artist but it is my favorite.The Face of Christ? The following images are all based on the Shroud of Turin. This first image is a 3-D image of the Risen Christ.
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My family has been bombarded with illness, cancer, a threat of a premature birth, a daughter cracking under duress, and post traumatic stress, drama and uncovered past wounds that are only now surfacing to the light. All nine of my adult kids, my husband and I have experienced panic and fear. Some reacted with anger, others with anxiety and still others with depression but through it all I…
I think that I am doing what is right
I damage my kids
Love really has blinded me
I try to protect
breaking out- unfinished painting by mary casset
Control, an ugly word
worse that hate
it steals another’s sense of self, undermines confidence, stunts growth, kills the individual’s spirit and creativity
The Holy Trinity, miniature from the Grandes Heures of Anne of Brittany, Queen consort of France (1477-1514).
What a iptiful conundrum for these Jews who are trying to argue with Jesus in the temple. They are the religious experts of their day. They know the scriptures inside out and upside down and keep every letter of the law.…