Christmas Donation was Successful
January 21, 2014
‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and we would not help you?’ Mt 25:43-45
I would like to thank all my patients that donated their wealth and have given their time in prayer for mothers undergoing a crisis pregnancy. We collected over $1000 to help these mothers to choose life. Thank you for making this drive a success!
On Wednesday January 22nd, there will be the annual March for Life in Washington, DC for the legal protection of the unborn child. Let us pray that one day it will not be necessary to have an annual march and that the choice to abort would be an unthinkable option.
Retinal Detachment and Tears/ The Purpose of Lent
April 1, 2014
Retinal Detachment and Tears
The retina is a thin light sensitive nerve layer that gives us sight. When patients present with symptoms of seeing floaters and or flashes of lights this may be an indicator of a retinal detachment or retinal tear. When the retina tears or detaches, numerous floaters can potentially be seen because pigment is either loosened from the retina or pieces of retina and or blood cells are floating in the vitreous. Flashes of light are experienced because the retina is being stimulated, not by light, but by the nerves tearing or detaching from the eye. When the entire or part of the retina detaches or falls off the back of the eye (choroid) it is imperative to reattach the retina as soon as possible so that it may once again receive oxygen and nutrients once again. If the retina is detached for a long period of time, it may not function properly and sight may be permanently impaired. In addition, retinal tears are also repaired because the tear has the propensity to continue. Tears are usually repaired with a laser, which in essence, welds the tear border to the choroid to prevent further tearing. Retinal holes, on the other hand, do not continue to tear and thus may bypass surgical repair in certain circumstances. They are watched by the doctor, however, to make sure a detachment does not occur while the body heals itself. Continue
The Prodigal Father?
April 15, 2014
My last article mentioned the parable of the Prodigal Son, but on several occasions I have been suggested to read this same parable through the eyes of the father… the prodigal father. When we use the word prodigal as pertaining to the son, we define him as being wasteful. But, if we define the father as prodigal, there is a different meaning altogether; a father who is overly abundant and luxuriant.
This parable begins with the younger son wanting his portion of the inheritance while the father is still alive. The son is implying that the father can no longer offer anything of importance to him except his money. That is what we are telling God when we sin, you are impinging on my freedom. You are not giving me life or enjoyment, but the sin will. He assumes he has a right to his father’s inheritance. The father responds to his son’s request in an expected way. He shows no animosity or malice towards his son, and instead, grants his son’s wish and allows him to leave. Continue
Only a Virtuous People are Capable of Freedom
July 1, 2014
This July 4th, let us contemplate how we become virtuous. Do we achieve it through ourselves, through the wisdom of fellow man, or through the Word? Our nation is blessed and will continue to be blessed only if we rely on God's aid and not "man's wisdom" to guide us. Benjamin Franklin, the author to this title, knew where wisdom truly lies and turned to God during a contentious disagreement which almost derailed our United States government from ever being formed. Ben Franklin appealed to the delegates of the Constituional Convention of 1787 to pray for guidance and insight, saying... Continue