Showing posts from October, 2012

Hospitals bribed to put patients on pathway to death Read more:

The Daily Mail reports that:
Cash incentive for NHS trusts that meet targets on Liverpool Care PathwaySome hospitals set target of two thirds of all deaths should be on LCPAt least £30m in extra money handed to hospitals to achieve these goalsCritics warn financial incentives could influence the work of doctors By STEVE DOUGHTY PUBLISHED: 23:21, 25 October 2012 | UPDATED: 23:21, 25 October 2012 Comments (60) Hospital consultant Professor Patrick Pullicino warned financial incentives for hospitals to put patients on the Liverpool Care Pathway could influence the work of doctors Hospitals are paid millions to hit targets for the number of patients who die on the Liverpool Care Pathway, the Mail can reveal. The incentives have been paid to hospitals that ensure a set percentage of patients who die on their wards have been put on the controversial regime. In some cases, hospitals have been set targets that between a third and two thirds of all the deaths should be on the LCP, which critic…

Former TV-am presenter Mike Morris dies from heart failure aged 65 Read more:

Lovely man - here is what the Daily Mail has to say:

Joined breakfast show at its launch in 1983 and stayed till it finished in 1992Conducted the first live British TV interview with Nelson Mandela after his release from prison in 1990'A brilliant presenter,' said former TV-am co-host Lorraine Kelly By DAILY MAIL REPORTER PUBLISHED: 01:11, 24 October 2012 | UPDATED: 08:54, 24 October 2012 Comments (12)
'A gentleman': Mike Morris has died from heart failure at the age of 65 Former TV-am presenter Mike Morris has died from heart failure at the age of 65. Morris, who is best remembered for his spell presenting on the ITV breakfast television station, had been battling cancer. Famous for his distinctive moustache, Morris joined TV-am as a sports presenter, eventually becoming the host of Good Morning Britain in 1987. He remained with TV-am until 1992. His co-presenter Anne Diamond yesterday described Mr Morris as 'a gentleman'. She said: 'I presented many, many me…

ST. ANTHONY MARY CLARET (1807-1870) Feast: October 24

ST. ANTHONY MARY CLARET (1807-1870)Feast: October 24Historic-Liturgical NoteThe founder of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Anthony Mary Claret died in the Cistercian monastery at Fontfroide in France on this date in 1870. He was canonized in 1950 and listed in the Roman Calendar in 1960. Anthony was born at Salent in the Diocese of Vich in Catalonia, Spain, in the year in which Napoleon invaded Spain. He was trained for manual labor, since his father was a weaver, but in 1829 he entered the seminary at Vich. Ordained to the priesthood in 1835, he was assigned as pastor in his home parish. Later he went to Rome to work for the Propagation of the Faith. He also entered the novitiate of the Jesuits but had to leave because of ill health, so he returned to Spain and was assigned as pastor of a parish. His apostolate consisted of rural preaching, conferences for the clergy and publications (he wrote more than 150 books). Because of his successful apostolate he aroused …


God's Lonely Man (undated as an essay) Excerpt:
"The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence. When we examine the moments, acts, and statements of all kinds of people -- not only the grief and ecstasy of the greatest poets, but also the huge unhappiness of the average soul…we find, I think, that they are all suffering from the same thing. The final cause of their complaint is loneliness." Thomas Wolfe

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Plants that snails won't eat ...

Tips from My Sister:
Here are some plants that I use a lot as the slugs and snails don't eat them. Please excuse me if I have already given you this and blame it on alzheimers! Pinks (like mini carnations) wallflowers/mint/lavender/chives/most herbs/geraniums(flower until the first frosts with regular dead-heading) foxgoves (allow to self-seed) bleeding heart (doesn't mind shade) cornflower/forget-me-not(allow to self seed) fuschia/hydrangea/nasturtiums/antirrinhums (can leave to self seed) penstemons/bizzy lizzies(don't mind shade and will flower until frosts come) lobelia/feverfew(allow to seed) .


I was seeking a cure for my trouble;
My trouble became my cure.
I was seeking a proof of my origin;
My origin became my proof.

I was looking to the right and the left
So that I could see the face of the Beloved.
I was searching outside,
But the Soul was within that very soul.

- Niyazi Misri

On Suffering

Is suffering the path to redemption? It seems a strange question because surely Jesus suffered on the cross so that we might be redeemed but what about personal suffering?  So may evangelical churches preach a health, wealth and happiness gospel, not that Christ is without joy but where is the value of redemptive suffering in this gospel, where is the place for the  poor or the depressed?  In the Catholic church we have the opportunity to offer up our daily sufferings for others or for ourselves and our own personal soul and spiritual journey.  Not that we and Christ does not answer prayer and have compassion and heal people but there also seems to be a place for offering up suffering when we are not healed or people die for others, either so they may be healed or their souls may be saved. There doesn’t seem to be a place for this type of redemptive suffering in some of the evangelical/prosperity churches or even an understanding of it. Padre Pio believed that the love of God was inse…

Protesters at Marie Stopes private abortion clinic in Belfast

Up to 40 people are protesting outside the first private clinic to offer abortions to women in Northern Ireland. The service, run by Marie Stopes, opened in Belfast on Thursday. It has said it will provide terminations within NI's current legal framework - abortions are not illegal but are very strictly controlled. The protesters at the clinic are from a range of religious denominations and are holding up placards with images of aborted foetuses. An anti-abortion group has called for the clinic to be shut down, but Abortion Rights welcomed its opening. Northern Ireland, unlike the rest of the UK, is not covered by an Abortion Act.

In Bluebell Woods

In bluebell woods Not far from here A spirit plays Like childhood years And frolics through the hazel trees With gypsy friends and travellers past We cannot see her, yet with one glance We might perceive a tent of twigs Or a fairy ring of toadstools there To show that she had been this way And played like once When her heart was bright Enjoy the woods, smell the air Breathe in the spring And may your spirit ever sing Of childhood dreams and daisy chains And golden rod along the lane Of butterflies on the wing And memories of your garden swing I know not when we’ll meet again But I hope it will be in a woodland glade In the springtime before the bluebells fade Jane Frances

Saint Michael and the Archangels

Michaelmas Day
September 29th is the Feast Day of the Archangels, Saints Michael, Raphael and Gabriel.  The New Age movement talks a lot about angels but these are the three main ones mentioned in the Catholic Church.  We must not forget that when the devil fell to earth he took a third of the angels with him and also that they can masquerade as angels of light.  Many people seek to experience connection with an angel in some way or have experienced angels, perhaps in the form of a guardian angel who has protected them from some sort of danger or they have felt the spiritual comfort of an angel when going through a particularly difficult time. In the Church tradition, Saint Michael was the Archangel who fought against the devil and his demons for God and all His followers.  He is supposed to protect us from the snares of the enemy like Mary, the mother of Jesus who also is able to tread on the serpent’s head and keep us from harm, the serpent being that old enemy the devil. Archangel…