Miraculous healing saves woman’s leg

“I was in shock when the doctors told me,” said Therese, a junior high school science teacher. “I thought he was talking about someone else. But I had no choice. I began to prepare myself for life with one leg.”

Therese sent lab tests and x-rays to the USA to double check, but they came back with the same prognosis. The leg must be amputated to save her life.

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In spite of his suffering, Roger Ebert reportedly claimed to be unable to believe in God.

Ebert said of his faith, “I consider myself Catholic, lock, stock and barrel, with this technical loophole: I cannot believe in God.” Despite his Catholic upbringing, Ebert said he has long struggled with God’s existence.

In a April 2009 blog, Ebert noted that though his wife’s faith was strong, he has found that over time “the reality of God was no longer present in my mind.”


Movie Critic Roger Ebert Dies at 70 Following Battle with Cancer. He is Catholic.

Famed movie critic Roger Ebert died Thursday in Chicago after battling cancer. He was 70.

An opinionated writer, but also a movie fan, Ebert reviewed films for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years. He is perhaps best known, however, for his 31 years reviewing films on television.

Ebert experienced health problems over the past ten years, suffering illnesses including thyroid cancer and cancer of the salivary gland. In 2006 he lost part of his lower jaw, but — as his obituary in the Sun-Times points out — it didn’t drive him out of the spotlight.


The dirty truth about the relationship between Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen: Killing cancer is popular. Killing babies is not.

… Planned Parenthood isn’t really in the cancer-fighting business. They are in the public relations business—this by the necessity of the unsavory nature of their real line of work. That’s where breast cancer “screenings” come into play. Like a gangster ostentatiously  bankrolling the local patron saint’s festival, Planned Parenthood flashes the pink ribbon to distract from its grisly raison d’être.

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Padre Pio, Blessed Virgin Mary, Medjugorje implicated in 2 year-old’s miraculous healing

For eight months, 2 years old Joshua battled a last stage cancer that brought him through a transplantation, 80 chemotherapy cures, and 17 radiotherapy sessions. When nothing worked, his parents took their son to Medjugorje. Back home, tests showed 19 tumors and all bone metastases to be gone as the beginning of Joshua’s now complete recovery.

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Outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens dead of cancer

Among other things, Hitchens referred to Mother Teresa as a “fraudulent fanatic” and urged British authorities to arrest Pope Benedict. May he rest in peace.

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The principles of the anti-liturgical heresy

Guéranger’s principles of the Anti-Liturgical Heresy is presented here as means and method to recognize the subversive tactics employed by the 20th Century Liturgical Movement, a heretical movement that has succeeded in deforming the Church’s liturgy and obscuring the right teachings of the Catholic Church among mainstream Catholics.

The ensuing crisis has been devastating, but authentic Catholicism survives and even flourishes in traditional Catholic enclaves where the Traditional Latin Mass and its commensurate spirituality are lived and cherished. However, traditional Catholics must always remain vigilant in their fight against the Anti-Liturgical Heresy that is eating away like a cancer at the visible institutions of Christ’s Church.

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Does it work? “Anti-radiation” pill “flying off” drugstore shelves.

What is potassium iodide (KI)?

Actually a salt of stable iodine—a substance our bodies need in order to produce thyroid hormones—KI is a tablet or liquid medicine that protects the thyroid from absorbing radioactive iodine, which is released into the air following a nuclear event.  It is able to block radioactive iodine because the thyroid recognizes both KI and radioactive iodine as the same substance. KI “fills up” the organ with its daily iodine quota, thus blocking the radioactive version from being absorbed. For this reason, people are generally advised to take KI as soon as the possibility of radiation contamination is known, before the damage can occur. Without such protection, the thyroid gland would quickly absorb the radioactive iodine, an internal injury that often results in thyroid cancer.

However, KI protects only the thyroid. It does not prevent radioactive iodine from entering the body through breathing, or by eating contaminated food. KI also does not protect other parts of the body besides the thyroid, and it cannot protect even the thyroid from other radioactive materials besides iodine. Nor can it reverse damage once the thyroid has been exposed to radioactive iodine. One dose of KI is effective for 24 hours.

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Dirty Little Secret: Selling Your Egg Cells To Fertility Clinics Can Be (Very) Hazardous To Health.

A few years ago, Alexandra, a doctorate student, decided that selling her eggs to a fertility clinic was the perfect way to get an extra $3,000 she needed to pay for her tuition.

But then “things went south,” she recalls in “Eggsploitation,” a new documentary on the health hazards of paid egg donation. Alexandra and two other women, identified only by their first names, say their experiences with egg donation led to hospitalizations, ovary loss, stroke and possibly cancer.

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Bishop who contended with Obama and Notre Dame being treated for cancer.


The retired bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend says he will undergo radiation treatments for prostate cancer.  The Rev. John M. D’Arcy is 78 and retired in January 2010 one year ago and was succeeded by Bishop Kevin Rhoades.

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This Week’s Ask Alice: How To Help A Friend Who Has Been Diagnosed With A Terminal Illness.

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She’ll answer as many questions as possible,
right here, every Thursday.

Email responses will also be provided, as time permits.

Phil Asks: Have you ever been at a loss for words when a close friend has been given bad news? And what would you do after they receive bitter news that they have a year to live?

A close friend who I worked with this past Holiday period, discovered she has cancer. So what is the correct cancer etiquette? Or is there such a thing?

With the news of terminal cancer only a few days old, I still need to know:

· When to speak, when to be silent?

· What to say, what not to say?

· How to listen, and how to listen some more?

Alice Responds: Your compassionate letter about a friend who has been diagnosed with cancer, touched my heart.

On December 29, our daughter, Heather, completed her fourth round of chemotherapy. Now she awaits her second stem cell transplant, for which an adult donor must be found.

Since her original diagnosis of Hodgkins Disease in February of 2007, Heather has patiently endured the mistakes of people who speak before they think, about her challenging situation.

Although I’m not Miss Manners, I’d like to share a few tips from Heather’s experiences in the hope that we all can be more sensitive to our friends in need.


DON’T PROBE. Don’t ask life-or-death questions regarding the prognosis or outcome of a friend’s illness.

DON’T OFFER UNSOLICITED ADVICE. Don’t pressure your friend to find another doctor or go to a different hospital. Your friend’s decision involves many variables such as medical insurance or lack of insurance. In most cases, she is receiving care from a doctor she trusts.

DON’T BE A CREPE-HANGER. If your uncle died from cancer, don’t tell your friend about your late uncle’s demise.Also, your friend doesn’t need to hear your theory about why she became ill. She needs your support, not criticism.

DO ASK, “HOW ARE YOU FEELING?” This simple question offers your friend an opportunity to share every detail of her illness or steer the conversation in a different direction if she’s not in the mood for a lengthy chat.

DO LISTEN. Our sick friends need consolers and empathetic listeners. If they want our advice, they will ask for it.

DO SPEAK WORDS OF LOVE. “I love you,” “I’m praying for you,” “I’m here for you.” Love is the universal language of the heart. Before you phone or visit, pray that the Holy Spirit gives you loving words to speak to your friend.

DO CALL TO SAY HELLO. Some people never call a sick friend because they don’t know what to say. “Hello” is the proper greeting. Then let your friend lead the conversation, and you follow.

DO SEND CARDS. Cards that say, “Thinking of you,” or “Here’s a hug,” are always appreciated. Flowers or a box of her favorite cookies work well, too.

Heather’s strong faith, positive attitude, and zest for life make her an inspiration to everyone who knows her.

No one would have guessed that the woman wearing an elegant black gown with stilettos, at the Eve of the Eve Party, at Union Station, had endured 3 1/2 hours of chemotherapy the previous afternoon.

Throughout her treatments, Heather teaches her 6th graders every day and takes courses to complete her administration degree at night. Her loving husband, Mike, shares her abiding faith in God.

Clearly, Heather’s illness is a test of our faith. But I believe in miracles!!!

On Thanksgiving Day our dear friend, Fr. Walter, anointed Heather. Many people are praying for her healing.

Heather is in the care of an excellent earthly oncologist. Moreover, her eternal oncologist is almighty and awesome! I have complete confidence in God’s power to heal my precious daughter and anticipate the day when I’ll proclaim Heather’s healing in this column!

Although your friend was told she has one year to live, her oncologist is simply guessing. Only God knows the exact length of your friend’s life, and He isn’t telling. Meanwhile, there’s always hope for your friend. Never underestimate the power of prayer, the fabric from which miracles are fashioned.

An excellent book about “how people prevail in the face of illness” is, “The Anatomy of Hope” by Jerome Groopman, M.D. With love and prayers, you can be a beacon of hope that will brighten your friend’s life.

Thank you for caring about your friend. We will remember to keep both you and her in our daily prayers. Please keep me updated about her health.

In Christ’s love,


Further evidence that suffering is often, a gift from God

Father John Powell,
a professor at Loyola University in Chicago,
writes about a student in his Theology class:

I heard that Tommy had terminal cancer.
Before I could search him out, he came to see me.

When he walked into my office,
his body was very badly wasted
and the long hair had all fallen out
as a result of chemotherapy.

But his eyes were bright and his voice was firm…

‘Tommy, I’ve thought about you so often; I hear you are sick,’ I blurted out.

‘Oh, yes, very sick. I have cancer in both lungs. It’s a matter of weeks…’

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Noted atheist author and speaker Christopher Hitchens diagnosed with cancer of esophagus. (Trip to Lourdes recommended, by me.)

Author, journalist and public intellectual Christopher Hitchens announced Wednesday that he will undergo treatment for cancer of the esophagus, thereby cutting short his current book tour.

Hitchens made the announcement via a statement posted on Vanity Fair’s website, a publication for which he regularly contributes.

“I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice,” Hitchens said.

Editor’s note: Let’s all pray for Mr. Hitchens’ prompt and complete recovery … since unlike Christopher … we Christians acknowledge the fact that God is indeed great.

Saint Perigrine – Patron Saint of those who suffer from cancer, AIDS, skin diseases

St. Peregrine’s cancerous leg was miraculously healed
by Jesus during a mystical vision

Prayer to Saint Perigrine

Dear St. Peregrine, I need your help. I feel so uncertain of my life right now. This serious illness makes me long for a sign of God’s love.

Help me to imitate your enduring faith when you faced the ugliness of cancer and surgery. Allow me to trust the Lord the way you did in this moment of distress.

I want to be healed, but right now I ask God for the strength to bear the cross in my life. I seek the power to proclaim God’s presence in my life despite the hardship, anguish and fear I now experience.

O Glorious St. Peregrine, be an inspiration to me and petitioner of those needed graces from our loving Father.


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On cancer, gratitude and bead jars

Mark McKinnon was living a charmed life—until his wife Annie discovered she had an aggressive cancer. The Daily Beast contributor reflects on what her valiant battle with the disease taught him about how to live.

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Hard Evidence: Proof that abortion hurts women

Women who have had abortions suffer an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide. A study published in a 2005 edition of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders found that women who aborted their unintended pregnancies were 30 percent more likely to subsequently report all the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder than those women who had carried their unintended pregnancies to term. A study of a state-funded medical insurance program in California published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry in 2002 showed that the rate of mental health claims for women who aborted was 17 percent higher than those who had carried their children to term. And, according to a 1996 article in the British Medical Journal and a 2002 article in the Southern Medical Journal, the risk of death from suicide is two to six times higher for women who have had abortions when compared, again, with women who have given birth.

Several studies analyzed in a landmark 2003 article in the Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey show that induced abortion also increases the risk of placenta previa by 50 percent and doubles the risk of pre-term birth in later pregnancies. Placenta previa — where the placenta implants at the bottom of the uterus and covers the cervix — places the lives of both mother and child at risk in that later pregnancy. Pre-term birth is associated with low birth-weight babies, and very low birth-weight babies (those born between 20 and 27 weeks) have 38 times the risk of having cerebral palsy — not to mention medical costs 28 times greater — than full-term babies. According to Dr. Byron Calhoun, director of the Antenatal Diagnostic Center at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Illinois, approximately 30 percent of pre-term births — which now account for 6 percent of all births — are attributable to prior abortions.

But that’s just the beginning. The link between abortion and breast cancer has attracted much media attention. It is important to understand that there are two different mechanisms by which abortion can increase the risk of breast cancer — one is beyond dispute, the other hotly contested. It is now common medical knowledge that a full-term pregnancy, especially before the age of 32, acts as a protective mechanism against breast cancer. Thus, research shows that teenagers with a family history of breast cancer who have abortions before their 18th birthday have an incalculably high risk of developing breast cancer. Indeed, an abortion clinic in Portland, Oregon, recently settled a lawsuit with a 19-year-old woman who claimed the clinic had failed to inform her of this link between abortion and breast cancer — especially since she’d indicated a family history of breast cancer on her intake form.

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Terminal diagnosis: ‘I am stepping out of time into eternity’


Late last year Tony Foley, a 41-year-old tax adviser, was told he had terminal cancer. In this frank account he explains how he has coped.

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Deanna Favre says Catholic faith helped her fight cancer

WIFE OF GREEN BAY QUARTERBACK PICTURED DURING GAME IN WISCONSINFans of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre relish counting the number of NFL records their hero owns. But Favre’s wife Deanna, a breast cancer survivor, finds comfort in counting her blessings.

The football star’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. She spent four months undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment. The following year, after her last radiation treatment, Deanna was declared cancer-free. She says the life-changing experience brought her closer to her husband and her Catholic faith.

“I just feel like, with faith, it helps me see the good in everything,” Deanna said in a telephone interview with The Compass, diocesan newspaper of Green Bay.

The Favres are members of St. Agnes Parish in Green Bay during football season and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Hattiesburg, Miss., during the off-season. Brett and Deanna both grew up in Kiln, Miss.

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St. Peregrine Devotions and presentation “Dignity at the End of Life” May 6th at 7PM, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Westmont, Illinois


St. Peregrine is the patron saint of those with cancer and other chronic diseases.

On Wednesday May 6th, at 7 PM, celebrating the Feast of St. PeregrineHoly Trinity Catholic Parish in Westmont, IL will conduct their regular monthly St. Peregrine devotions, followed immediately by a special presentation:

“Dignity at the End of Life” with Bill Beckman and Colleen Alexander. 

Mr. Beckman is from the Illinois Right to Life Committee, and Ms. Alexander is a hospice nurse. A reception will follow.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church is located at 111 South Cass Avenue, Westmont, Illinois 60559 (about two blocks south of the Burlington tracks).

Click here for directions

Illinois Right To Life Website

End of Life Issues

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Prayer To St. Peregrine for Sick Relatives and Friends

O great St. Peregrine, you have been called “The Mighty”, the “The Wonder Worker” because of the numerous miracles which you obtained from God for those who have turned to you in their need.

For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fiber of our being.

You turned to God when the power of human beings could do no more, and you were favored with the vision of Jesus coming down from His cross to heal your affliction.

I now ask God to heal these sick persons whom I entrust to you:

(Here mention their names)

Aided by your powerful intercession, I shall sing with Mary a hymn of gratitude to God for His great goodness and mercy.


Vatican Newspaper Article: Birth Control Pill – Cause of Abortion and Cancer


Vatican Newspaper Publishes Article Detailing Birth Control Pill as Cause of Abortion and Cancer


By Hilary White

ROME, January 5, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Vatican’s official newspaper has caused a media storm in the European press with an article asserting the abortifacient and carcinogenic effects of hormonal contraceptives.

The Italian edition of L’Osservatore Romano carries an article this week on a report by the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC) that was created to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae, the document by Pope Paul VI that reiterated the Catholic Church’s teaching on artificial birth control.

Pedro José María Simón Castellví, the president of FIAMC, wrote that “the means of contraception violate at least five important rights: the right to life, the right to health, the right to education, all right to information (their spread is at the expense of information on natural resources) and the right to equality between the sexes (the burden of contraception falls mostly on women).”

“Curiously”, Castelvi wrote, this information on the abortifacient effect of the Pill “does not reach the general public,” despite being well-known to researchers.

The hundred-page report, published in German, is an analysis of scientific data on the effects of the Pill and includes three hundred bibliographic citations, mostly from specialized medical journals.

The report “clearly demonstrates” that anovulant, low-dose hormonal birth control pills work not only by preventing ovulation but also by causing the death of an already existing child in the uterine wall. This embryonic person, Castellvi wrote, “even in its early days, is something other than an egg or female germ cell.” From the embryonic stage, the child grows in a  coordinated way and this development, unless prevented, “ends with its exit from the womb in nine months, ready to devour a litre of milk.”

The report also notes that the International Agency for Research of Cancer, an agency of the World Health Organization, reported in July 2005 that the oral preparations of combined estrogen-progestogens common in birth control pills are classified in a group of carcinogenic agents.

“The sad thing in all this,” Castelvi wrote, “is that if it is to regulate fertility, these are not the products required. The natural means of regulating fertility, ‘NFP’ or Natural Family Planning, are equally effective and also respect the person.”

Article Courtesy of Life Site News