When asked to list some risk factors of all-too-common chronic illnesses like heart disease or diabetes, we tend to offer answers such as an unbalanced diet, lack of exercise, tobacco use, or alcohol. Rarely do we suggest that our personal relationships determine the course of our health, yet I'm learning that this, more often than … Continue reading Caring for others as a medical student
The new Wonder Woman movie was moving in many ways, particularly for me as a female viewer. Not only is it rare for a strong, intelligent, and beautiful woman to play the protagonist's role, but it is also relevant that she inspires change through her actions and beliefs and remains humble despite her conquests. It … Continue reading Christian undertones in Wonder Woman
In college, several of my friends would ask me why I am a Christian, and my answer has always been that I believe in God’s love and mercy for humanity and that I desire to spread this good news through my actions and in how I treat other people. His unconditional love cannot be fully … Continue reading Penance
Baptism and Confirmation are two sacraments categorized within the “initiation” stage of our lifelong process of receiving God’s grace. Baptism endows citizenship to Heaven while Confirmation calls us to live and bear witness to the Christian life. In hindsight, I recognize how my heart was turned back in the fall of 2016 to receive the … Continue reading The Gift of Confirmation
Beginning in 2017, France has converted its organ donor registry to an opt-out system. But you are still permitted to refuse donation (according to The Guardian there are currently 150,000 people signed up for the "refusal register"). The implications of this policy change are huge! Surgeons almost always cite the organ shortage crisis as the principal … Continue reading “Everyone” in France is now an organ donor
Compassion is defined as sympathy and the desire to alleviate suffering. "To be compassionate" is merely to feel something about a situation. That's it. Understanding without action. First, I think about the concept of salvation on the basis of faith and good works. Just as all truly valuable things on this earth, salvation isn't free. God … Continue reading Compassion, as we know it, is misguided.
I have a lot of catching-up to do with blogging, but I do want to write a few words of inspiration that capture a 4-hour conversation I had with a 21-year old aspiring U.S. Army Ranger on the plane home to L.A. for winter break. He was coming home for Christmas before returning to "Ranger school" in Atlanta … Continue reading Musings of a Plane Ride