Daily Archives: April 13, 2009

St. Teresa of Avila on Spiritual Love, continued

According to St. Teresa of Jesus, spiritual love is impassioned for teh salvatoin of the beloved and detached from self-interest. Spiritual love seeks the other’s spiritual best interest, even if that means that the beloved must suffer, or that the lover must be separated from the beloved (Way of Perfection, Ch. 7, paras. 1-3).

“I say again that spiritual love seems to be imitating that love which the good lover Jesus had for us. Hence, these lovers advance so far because they embrace all trials, and the others, without trial, receive benefit from those who love. And believe me, either these lovers will cut off their relationship–I mean special friendship–or they will obtain from our Lord that the one loved walk along their own way toward the same goal, as did St. Monica with St. Augustine. These lovers cannot in their hearts be insincere with those they love; if they see them deviate from the path or commit some faults they immediately tell them about it. They cannot help but do so” (Way of Perfection, Ch. 7, para. 4).

Co-dependency is not spiritual love. Toleration is not spiritual love.

So often, we are told that “unconditional love” means to ignore and tolerate faults. So often, we are told that “love” means being nice to people and avoiding conflict. Yet such sentiments are necessarily self-love: the person is afraid of losing the comfort or security of the relationship, so the person will not take a stand when it counts.

In fact, spiritual love means being willing to say “no.” Spiritual love means being willing to go so far as to even shun someone who is not living for God.

Spiritual love does not maintain earthly relationships with those who stray from God (Ch. 7, para. 7).

Research Ethics is so screwed up

The article pertains to the pillow that Lincoln’s head was rested on after he was shot, a so-called “Shroud of Turin of Civil War History.” Conventionally, discussion of Lincoln’s DNA has revolved around the hair samples at the Smithsonian, but this pillow has blood and tissue samples that could be tested to determine if Lincoln had one of the several genetic disorders that historians hypothesize Lincoln might have had (including Marfan syndrome and multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2B (MEN2B).

John Sotos, a medical consultant for House, wants to test the pillow, but directors of the Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library are ethically conflicted. Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln, apparently requested that his father be allowed to rest in peace. Plus they’re worried about damaging the artifact if they test it.


They’re concerned about the wishes of a guy who died a hundred years ago??? Damaging a pillow????

They’ll kill a baby for research, and that’s OK because “science cannot be hindered by religion,” but they’ll hinder this scientific research for the arbitrary wishes of a dead guy?

"Are they *all* yours?"

“Not all of mine; the eldest is at home with her mom, being homeschooled.”

A new reply

One of the “big family” comments I hear most often is “You’ve got your hands full.”
The other day, the kids and I were out and about, and Josef was acting up. A lady said, “I see you have your hands full!” I said, “Thankfully, the other three are girls!”

Can stem cells be used to create new eggs in adult females?

Conventional medical wisdom is that a baby female is born with all the eggs she will ever potentially release. Kind of funny for a being who was, untli a few inches before birth, “just a blob of tissue” and “part of the mother’s body.” . . .

Anyway, some lab studies indicate that “stem cells” (no indication of which kind) can possibly stimulate an ovary to generate new eggs.

Now, if it’s actually adult stem cells, then nothing wrong with that. Could be an effective way to treat certain fertility problems without use of artificial hormones or without interfering with the exclusivity and sacramentality of the marital act.

On the other hand, if it’s *embryonic* stem cells. . . . They take embryos, created for an intrinsically evil method of fertility (IVF) but which have not been implanted in the mother, then kill the embryos to get their stem cells, just so they can use those stem cells to help another infertile woman produce new eggs?

Why not just adopt the embryo?

Should doctors treat family members?

In a profession that is too often inhuman as it is, that would seem to give a more human aspect to it.

The best doctors take a personal interest in their patients. Our pediatrician treats her own kids, and is a great pediatrician. Allie’s eye surgeon has a disabled son. My cardiologist in Virginia said his own health problems many years ago changed his practice. Gianna’s gastroenterologist has celiac disease himself. My longtime cardiologist here in SC, Dr. Stavrou, lost a Marfan patient shortly before I started seeing him, and has always been concerned about me as a person.

Cripple kills brother in law with walker

Just odd news, really: a guy who is crippled due to a car wreck a few years ago (in the car wreck, he killed someone else, and is still awaiting trial for vehicular manslaughter), killed his brother in law–who had been caring for him–by beating the poor man with his walker. No clear reason given for why the fight occurred.
Guy may just be off his rocker, or off his walker. . . .

In any case, it should give reassurance to cripples everywhere that mobility devices *can* be used for self-defense, if necessary.

In fact, at our home school “grown up party”, this year, one of the guys mentioned a trip he took to Disney World, where he saw this old man in a scooter run over his wife with the scooter! He said the guy kept bumping his wife in the foot, and she kept yelling at him. Then the guy geared it up and ran her over, and my friend and a few other bystanders had to lift the scooter and the old man up together and off the poor woman.

We won’t do animal research, but we’ll do stem cell research on animals

It’s unclear whether they’re talking about using human cells on animals or animal cells on animals.

The article is kind of interesting, though. It actually explains the difference between using embryonic and adult stem cells, with the usual tagline that “adult stem cells aren’t as effective,” or whatever.

But then it goes on to say, “These are the animal’s own cells.” If they are the animal’s own cells, then they have to be adult stem cells.