According to some reports, one out of four pregnancies in the U.S. ends in a miscarriage, or the loss of a baby before the 20th week of pregnancy, and about one in 100 pregnancies is affected by stillbirth, the death of a baby before or during delivery.
January is always a strong month for resolutions. The workout routine is going well, the healthy eating seems to be consistent and efforts to be a better person are holding steady. To continue that momentum, the faithful are asked to make the commitment to register for Steps for Students, which is set for Feb. 17.
Pope Francis urges all Christians to avoid indifference, to become active instruments of God’s mercy. By supporting the 2018 Diocesan Services Fund (DSF), which begins in parishes in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Feb. 3 and 4, the faithful have an opportunity to become instruments of mercy close to home.
Pope Francis appointed Dr. Mauro Ferrari, president and CEO of Houston Methodist Research Institute, to serve on the Pontifical Academy for Life for the next five years. The research scientist is working to bring Academy members to visit Houston for a palliative care conference on end-of-life issues.
It is my reflection, and many historians, that the year 1968 was the most devastating and disfiguring year in modern history for our nation. The year was engulfed with some of the darkest, most solemn, and most catastrophic events in the annals of our history. Therefore, the year 2018 will highlight the 50th anniversary of events many of us who experienced that era would rather not remember and undeniably not want to commemorate.
For us Christians, the New Year is also a good time to make resolutions about our faith; hopefully with more success than our secular plans! The faith equivalent of a weight-loss resolution would be a sin-loss resolution.
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