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'Legalised murder': Family's fury as judges rule doctors can let organ failure grandad die

The wife of a seriously ill musician who has battled tirelessly to keep doctors treating him wept yesterday as senior judges backed a hospital’s bid to stop trying to save his life. May James’s husband David, 68, was admitted seven months ago with minor stomach problems but contracted an infection on a ward and suffered multiple organ failure. Earlier this month, a senior judge rejected a legal bid by doctors not to attempt potentially lifesaving treatment if he deteriorates further, saying it underestimated the value of his ‘continued existence’. But, only four days before Christmas, Appeal Court judges last night declared – in what they admitted was a ‘sad and harsh’ decision – that the hospital could refuse to treat him. A tireless fight for life: Seriously ill musician David James, 68, pictured in hospital Mrs James and daughter Julie, 48, spoke of their shock and disgust at the decision. Immediately after the hearing Miss James said: ‘He’ll be dead by Christmas. I’m fuming – it’s negle…

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Reflection from Fr. Andrew-Carl Wisdom, O.P. for the Third Sunday of Advent

The third Sunday in Advent is traditionally Gaudete Sunday. Liturgically, the Church explodes in a festive and lighthearted rose that rejoices with expectation as we draw nearer to Christmas. Yet nothing feels festive lighthearted or remotely right about rejoicing after yet another senseless, semi-automatic slaughter of innocents. When I woke up Sunday morning, I stared out my window at nothing and said, “Lord, where are you in this senseless violence? How do I find you? Where do I find a God of peace in such a cruel, inhumane act?” And as I looked out at the pouring rain, I felt the answer, I saw the answer. Every drop of rain was from the litany of His tears upon the earth. God was crying right along with us. God is heartbroken right alongside us.
But what do we do? There are already discussions about greater gun control and being more alert about the mentally disturbed and greater security efforts. Certai…

"Soon" - Hillsong United (Brooke Fraser)


The REAL STAR of Bethlehem Pt. 2


"I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" lyrics

(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), 1867)

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Civil War background)


Pulong ng Editor November-December 2012


In Need of Hope