"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." —Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
As Juliet laments her disastrous fate, she asks if a rose called by any other name would cease to be a rose. Certainly a rose would be just as beautiful if a new word was chosen to designate it from other flowers. Thus, we have to ask, how important is a name?
Many would claim that the Church's teachings against contraception are new constructs imposed on the masses by a prudish male-dominated institution. Others would say the teachings are out-dated and based on a first century view of human sexuality.
The legacy of St. Ignatius also extends to education as evident by the numerous Jesuit teaching institutions throughout the world.
As physicians, we are taught that to alleviate one's suffering is our most noble gift and certainly, infertility is one of the greatest hardships one can face.
Many scholars throughout history have sought to discover the cause of death of Our Lord. Some would say asphyxia, others pulmonary embolism or even "ruptured heart."
On August 9, 1845, Saint André Bessette was born near Montreal, the 8th of 12 children. From the beginning, he was sickly and weak. He was orphaned at the age of 12 and became a farmhand.
In 1912, His Eminence William Henry O'Connell, Archbishop of Boston, evoked the spirit of St. Luke and founded the first Catholic Physicians Guild.