Brittany Maynard and Suffering: A Study in Contrast

At the beginning of the movie Shadowlands, CS Lewis is heard saying, “Pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” It is an obvious reference to CS Lewis’ theology of suffering. The point, however, is to make note that each person suffers and, at times, suffering is part of the Divine plan. Recently, it has come to light that Brittany Maynard, 29-year old Oregon resident who suffers from a rare form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme, intends to take her own life under Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act”. Under this nefarious…

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Oct, 28 2014

The Truth Will Set You Free: Voting According to Catholic Principles

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Oct, 17 2014

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Oct, 16 2014

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Oct, 23 2014

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Oct, 21 2014

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Why would anyone seek admission to a university, pay tuition, purchase books, and then not attend class, take tests, or study? Why would anyone…

Oct, 20 2014

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Oct, 27 2014

Called to Vote, to Participate in Political Life

The Church tells us “by reason of their special vocation it belongs to the laity to seek the Kingdom of God by engaging…

Oct, 15 2014

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Oct, 13 2014

True Compassion for Remarried Couples

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