Saturday, April 15, 2006

"Like the Lord... On the Cross... I Forgive...." a song I learned long ago...

God has plans for every human being created at conception, regardless of how long that person may live. Sometimes, things happen that to us seem terrible, and cause us to think that there is no purpose to suffering.

But we are told to pick up our cross and carry it. We are told to forgive injustice. We are told to love our enemy. We are told that unless we become as little children...... and we are told that for anyone who hurts one of his little ones, it would be better for him to have had a millstone wrapped around his neck and be tossed into the sea.

There is a REASON for suffering. That suffering sometimes brings about healing and repentance to others.

Need an example besides JPII who met with his near assassin? How about a five year old kindergartner... how about in a court-room... from a wheel chair?

An angelic little girl yesterday pubicly forgave the hardened convict who put her in a wheelchair for life, reducing even veteran court officers to tears in a moment of high courtroom drama.

“I forgive Anthony Warren,” 5-year-old Kai Leigh Harriott told Suffolk Superior Court Judge Margot Botsford.
“What (he) did to me was wrong, but I still forgive him,” Kai Leigh said.

Go read the rest of this story, and then, ( Watch the courtroom video they have )....

and finally, think about how needed every individual is... including those who are disabled....

God never promised that life here would be easy, but He did promise that He would be with us through everything, including tragedy... or at least what WE think of as tragic.

We cannot know what it is that will bring some soul to repentance.

Sometimes, it takes a Pope to go to his assassin... and tell him... "I forgive"......

But then again....

....sometimes, it takes a young child being shot in the back, having her spine shattered...


....forever paralyzed from the chest down.... go on to tell the man responsible that he is forgiven...

.....and then, watch her mother have the courage to give that shooter not only a hand shake.....

.... but a hug.

God bless, and ht to Janjan.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Researcher: Premature Babies Feel Pain

It always amazes me that no one seems to think that what is felt right after birth is not felt before birth... in spite of the fact that the same nerve pathways are involved.... So, no kidding..... read below:

Researcher: Premature Babies Feel Pain

Thu Apr 13, 7:31 PM ET

A researcher at Arkansas Children's Hospital has submitted findings of a study that suggests premature babies can consciously feel pain instead of reacting to it by reflex.

The study, which is to be published in the medical journal Pain, was conducted by Dr. Kanwaljeet S. Anand, director of the Pain Neurobiology Laboratory at the hospital's Research Institute.

His research looked at the responses of babies to pain by monitoring changes in heart rate, facial expressions and blood pressure through positive and negative stimuli.

Anand said the new findings support his initial theory on neonatal pain, first published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1987.

The accepted theory is that premature babies react to pain through reflex, but do not actually perceive pain beyond their nerve fibers or spinal cord or in the highest sensory center of the brain, he said.

During the study, electrodes were placed over the sensory cortical areas of the brain. Researchers found that, after stroking the babies' hands with alcohol swabs, both sides of the babies' brains were stimulated, shown by increases in blood flow.

Nurses from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit then drew blood from the babies' veins, which resulted in an increase in blood flow to the sensory cortex. That increase suggested the babies felt pain at the highest sensory level of the brain, Anand said.

"This is the first study to report that when a premature baby feels pain, that acute pain activates the sensory cortex, the highest center of pain processing in the brain," Anand said. "These results prove that babies consciously feel pain, rather than simply reacting to it."

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After being interviewed by the school administration, the eager teaching prospect said: "Let me see if I've got this right .. .. You want me to go into that room with all those kids, and fill their every waking moment with a love for learning, and I'm supposed to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, modify their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse and even censor their T-shirt messages and dress habits.

You want me to wage a war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, check their backpacks for weapons of mass destruction, and raise their self esteem. You want me to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship, fair play, how to register to vote, how to balance a checkbook, and how to apply for a job.

I am to check their heads for lice, maintain a safe environment, recognize signs of anti-social behavior, make sure all students pass the state exams, even those who don't come to school regularly or complete any of their assignments.

Plus, I am to make sure that all of the students with handicaps get an equal education regardless of the extent of their mental or physical handicap. I am to communicate regularly with the parents by letter, telephone, newsletter and report card.

All of this I am to do with just a piece of chalk, a computer, a few books, a bulletin board, a big smile AND on a starting salary that qualifies my family for food stamps! You want me to do all of this and yet you expect me . . .


Sunday, April 09, 2006

About Brian Doyle...

Janjan of With Issue has a good post about the recent arrest of Brian Doyle, part of Homeland Security....along with several good hyperlinks, including Michelle Malkin on the topic, and two news articles. For those who don't remember who Brian Doyle is....

Sheriff's detectives in Polk County, Fla., never know what they're going to find when they fish for sexual predators by creating bogus profiles on adult Internet sites.

But they were stunned last month when they ran across a man representing himself as an official of the Department of Homeland Security -- complete with lapel pin and a government telephone number -- and looking to connect with a 14-year-old girl.

Prosecutors prepared Wednesday to extradite Brian Doyle -- a senior public information officer in the Homeland Security Department in Washington who faces 23 felony counts of using a computer to seduce a child and transmitting harmful materials to a minor.