Archive for the ‘Embryo’ Category

Your “yes” can change the world

February 4, 2009

The site http://unbornwordoftheday.com has many beautiful reflections as well as artwork depicting the unborn Child Jesus in the womb of His mother Mary.

Today that site has a particularly good point for meditation in its post titled “Let It Be Done To Me According To Thy Word” which talks about how Mary’s “yes” led to the world’s transformation:

Let us ponder the power and grace that flooded the world when Christ was conceived in Mary’s womb. At the one cell stage, Christ fundamentally changed the world.

Christ wanted to show humanity how special that one cell stage is by fundamentally changing the world at that beginning point of His Incarnate life.

He raised that moment in each person’s life to a dignity and beauty that we will never fully comprehend.

Each of us can carry that message to others, as we urge others to say “yes” to the Culture of Life in our local communities, our nation, and our world. (You can read the full posting at http://unbornwordoftheday.com/2009/02/04/let-it-be-it-done-to-me-according-to-thy-word/.)

Here is one example of the artwork (part of the January 31 posting) on that blog. In this case, the image is a photo taken during the March for Life, rather than the art directly.

The caption given with the photo says:

From the ByzanTEENS at the March for Life this year, an icon of the Visitation, showing not only Mary and Elizabeth, but John the Baptist and Jesus in their mothers’ wombs. Notice that John is kneeling and Jesus is blessing him.

(You can click the photo to enlarge it and see the details better.)

Finally, their December 31, 2008 post is titled “2000 Years Marks 42 Years of Prophetic Pro-Life Witness in America” and can be read at http://unbornwordoftheday.com/2008/12/31/2009-marks-40-years-of-prophetic-pro-%e2%80%93-life-witness-in-america/. The words there may encourage you to persevere in your pro-life work as St. Paul said,

“I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith” (in 2 Timothy 4:7).

Dignitas Personae

December 17, 2008

The Vatican has released a new “instruction” document. The English translation of the title is “The Dignity of a Person” and the subject is bioethics.

Here is one of several places where you may read it, as well as explanatory material about it.

http://www.usccb.org/comm/Dignitaspersonae/ 
(includes a link to a Spanish translation)

An Instruction from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on ethical issues arising from biomedical research, provides guidance on how to respect human life and human procreation in our heavily scientific age.

That site also provides a Q & A file. Here is the first question-and-answer to help you understand the type of document:

1. What kind of document is this?

It is an “instruction” from the Catholic Church’s highest doctrinal agency, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), applying timeless moral principles to some new issues and situations arising from biotechnology. It does not declare a new infallibly defined dogma, but is approved by Pope Benedict XVI and has his authority. Like most Church teachings, its moral judgments are part of the “universal ordinary magisterium.” Catholics are called to inform their consciences with such teaching, adhering to it with “religious assent” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 892).

Whose embryonic children are they?

December 17, 2008

This post was drafted more than two months ago. Now seems the time to publish it, in light of the new document released by the Vatican.

This link is for an article titled “Irish Court Refuses Woman’s Plea for Her Own Frozen Embryos” by Kathleen Gilbert. Even though it is not a U. S. story, it describes some of the problems involved with in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Read at http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/oct/08100904.html.

Here’s a similar story, with reversed roles: “Oregon Court Orders Frozen Embryos Destroyed, Considered ‘Property Rights’ Issue” by Kathleen Gilbert. This one is in the U.S.

Read at http://catholicexchange.com/2008/10/11/114128/.