What's in a name?

"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?

Throughout scripture, a name is more than a word used to denote one man from another. Inherent in a name is one's mission or a glimpse at the essence of his being. In fact, in the Judeo-Christian tradition, one's name is so important that God renames those to whom he assigns a new vocation.

After struggling for years with infertility, Sarai and Abram are renamed Sarah and Abraham when God announces the promise of a conception. Previously the "exalted father", abram now becomes "the father of many," indicating his new position as a biological father. Likewise, Sarai, "my princess" is now "a princess" and thus belongs to God's entire chosen race. 

Peter, too, was renamed when God asked him to follow a different path. As Simon, his call was to "listen" or "obey." Certainly, this was graciously fulfilled as it is Peter who openly acknowledges Christ as the son of God before the crucifixion (Matthew 16:16). In fact, it is upon this declaration that Jesus then calls him "Peter", the rock of the Church—"And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." (Matthew 16:18).

For the Catholic Healthcare Guild, our name is also significant. Formerly the Catholic Physicians Guild of Central Texas, we spent the last 10 years embracing our 3-fold mission of service, spiritual formation and education. However, we felt guided down a new course and believe now is the time to evolve our structure to accommodate broadened membership and increased interdisciplinary collaboration. Although our cornerstones remain, our structure will reach new heights as the Catholic Healthcare Guild. 

Please join us as we celebrate our expanded mission! Our first meeting which will include board elections and a discussion around "Your Call to Healthcare…Connecting Spirituality and Work" will be held June 12th, 5:30 p.m., Dell Children's Auditorium. For more information or to RSVP, contact

The History of Contraception & the Catholic Church

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 Unique Subject Matter of Bioethics

The legacy of St. Ignatius also extends to education as evident by the numerous Jesuit teaching institutions throughout the world.

Infertility and the Catholic Church

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.

A Meditation on the Passion, a Medical Point of View

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."

The Making of a Miracle: Medical Miracles and Canonization

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.

The Legacy of St. Luke

In 1912, His Eminence William Henry O'Connell, Archbishop of Boston, evoked the spirit of St. Luke and founded the first Catholic Physicians Guild.

How to Become a Member

Learn about the Benefits of Joining