Thursday, February 13, 2003

Bummer! I have to have surgery. A few cancer cells were found in the colonoscopy I had done Monday. The good news is that it was caught very early, so the doc can cut it all out. It hasn't spread any where.

The word biopsy strikes terror in the breast. I have to admit, in spite of all my faith, I wasn't trusting God very much the past few days.

When my father-in-law had a kidney taken out last May because it had early-stage cancer, I told him I wanted to borrow his guardian angel. I guess that's who prompted me to do this long-postponed test!

But the ordeal was not wasted. My hubby and I are praying for a couple that will make a Marriage Encounter this weekend. I offered up all the physical and emotional agony for them. That "offer it up" idea is one of the things I love about being Catholic. I feel some comfort knowing that my sufferings are doing someone else some good.

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

I'm having so much fun on forums that I haven't been updating this blog every day. How am I doing?
Astronomers said Tuesday that a new glimpse of the universe from just after its birth has given them a far clearer understanding of the cosmos, including pegging its age at an astonishingly precise 13.7 billion years.

House Moves Toward Vote on Human Cloning Ban
By Janelle Carter Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - A ban on human cloning was endorsed by the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, setting it up for floor debate and a vote in two weeks by the full House of Representatives even as prospects for Senate passage looked dim.
Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said that vote will take place after lawmakers return from the President's Day recess on Feb. 25. The committee tallied a party-line 19-12 vote for the bill.

House passage is likely, since the Republican-led body passed the same bill 265-162 during the last session. But the bill stalled in the Senate, which was then controlled by Democrats.

Republicans now control the Senate 51-48-1, but it is unlikely the GOP has the 60 votes necessary to end debate and vote on the bill. Even some Republicans, like anti-abortion advocate Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, have said they oppose an all-out ban and would prefer an exemption for research.

Thursday, February 06, 2003

My posting on the Eucharist and salvation at forum continues. I'm bettyg51. I could use a little help if anyone is good with apologetics.

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

I've been dialoging with some Protestants on forum about Eucharist... actual body and blood? (posts # 161 and 179) and Do Catholics believe in salvation? Posts # 29 & 33.
On the shuttle disaster:

For whom the Bell Tolls by John Donne
The church is Catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all. When she baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that body which is my head too, and ingrafted into that body whereof I am a member. And when she buries a man, that action concerns me: all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; ....And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

Monday, February 03, 2003

Action Alert! Go to for details. It's about getting Catholic colleges to act Catholic.