Letters

Morning and Gods Authority

“It is possible that God says every morning, Do it again, to the sun; and every evening, Do it again, to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike: it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making

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Magnificat Cab Driver

My cab drivers and I often read the Magnificat in the mornings on the way to the airport.  Over the years, I have found it almost universally well-received regardless of our potential religious differences.  It all started when one of them observed me reading with a little light at 5AM

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My “Favorite” Patient and His Leopard-Skin Bra

Chops and a bushy mustache. An indomitable and ultra-cool personality. An endearing smile that no one could resist. With each passing month his wife Becky grew more speechless and in-love. Two basketball playing sons Michael and Matt. Dyspnea on exertion, orthopnea, and 2+ edema to his calves from a disease

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The Angels are Sweeping Heaven

We have had snow on the ground in Nashville for an unusually long time this winter. These cold days and nights have provided us with a welcome excuse to have more family time in front of the fire. So tonight my wife and I had a movie night with our

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The Dancing Flowerpot – My Father’s Day Gift

It is 3:00 a.m. and I have just been awaked by the pitter-patter of footsteps. I have written before about the characteristic “fingerprint” of the cadence of my three daughters’ footsteps. Taylor walks with a medium, fast, and firm step; Blair is slow and deliberate in step; while Brooke has

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Eucharist and Faith

Recently a friend of mine undergoing a conversion asked me, “If the Eucharist is really God, then why aren’t people clamoring to get to church to receive the Communion so they can have God dwelling inside their body physically in addition to spiritually?” What a great question! I have to

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All That Is Light

I am a critical care physician who on a daily basis “doctors” the sickest of the sick in our large Medical Center. I have enjoyed reading “Light One Candle” for years. In your recent column entitled “In God’s Good Time,” you described a scenario which is overwhelming familiar. Specifically, you

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Absolution: Diagnosing Sleep Apnea in a Family Member

I do not usually attend my patient’s sleep studies, but this was different. I had blatantly missed the diagnosis! As I sat in a chair next to his bed, I was struck by how much time he actually spent without breathing. With electrodes and thermistors passing information from his troubled

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Love, Faith and the Lost Battalion

Read at the Wall Street Journal Also available in audio format at Our American Network Daisy’s scream from the next room woke him; he leaped bolt upright out of bed. Then, falling, his left eye smashed the edge of the bed stand, and he blurted out “Ahhuumph” as he hit

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On Being a Catholic Physician or Allied Healthcare Professional: Embracing the Spiritual History

An earlier “secular” version of this piece appeared as an Op-Ed in the print and online versions of Wall Street Journal on December 19, 2014. It was agreed upon in advance that once the 30-day WSJ sole sight publication policy had expired, that we would publish a version with more developed

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