Looking back over my 29 years as a medic, I think my year at the cancer hospital was the hardest. Every fourth day and weekend without fail, I would cover the intensive care unit for 24 hours as the resident middle-grade doctor. In all my time there, not one patient survived, though not for lack… Continue reading The night I outran my demons
As Ash Wednesday kicks off the Lenten season, Catholics enter into 40 days of abstaining from sweets, technology, alcohol and other luxuries. But did you know that Catholic monks once brewed beer specifically for a liquid-only Lenten fast? Back in the 1600s, Paulaner monks moved from Southern Italy to the Cloister Neudeck ob der Au… Continue reading These 17th century monks did a beer fast for Lent
Pope Francis has continued to surprise the world. With his knack for off the cuff remarks, his willingness to take risks, and of course a Pope who declines the comforts that have been considered commonplace for the Vicar of Christ, he just threw another curve-ball. Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit at a rehab center… Continue reading 'Pope of Surprises' makes unexpected visit to rehab center for those struggling with addiction
Some time ago a young single friend confided in me that she was looking for a godly man to marry. She wanted a husband who shared her Christian values, so she joined an online dating service and completed a profile with the attributes of the man of her dreams. As I looked over her answers… Continue reading Got Wine?
As a young doctor on a cancer ward, I consoled myself with drink and New Age nonsense. Then one evening I stepped into a chamber of horrors Looking back over my 29 years as a medic, I think my year at the cancer hospital was the hardest. Every fourth day and weekend without fail, I… Continue reading The night I outran my demons