British scientists have created a substance that mimics a mother's womb, allowing human embryos to implant on the side of a petri dish and continue their development long past the previous technological limit of seven to eight days. In short, this new technology makes it possible to grow human beings in a lab.
We all have a story. For families, the story includes those of parents, children, and the ones we love, living life intertwined, each person affected, for better or for worse, by the joys, sorrows, and choices of those whose stories touch ours.
Many years ago, when I worked as head staff writer for our diocesan paper, I received an unexpected phone call from the chancellor of the diocese.
Ten years after my friend Pat and I walked 350 miles of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across northern Spain, we sat at her dining table and laughed about the vigorous women we were then — and how much our lives had changed.
Once a famous churchman had an idea. He would begin a new kind of evangelization, calling on others to join him in reaching out to fallen away Catholics. They would go to the marketplaces to speak to the people who had become alienated from the faith. Not just their words but the quality of their lives would convince the disheartened of God’s love for them. Who was this churchman? Blessed Paul VI? St. John Paul II? No, he lived in the Middle Ages and founded what is still officially the “Order of Friars Preachers.” He is St. Dominic Guzman.