Sunday, May 03, 2009

Sunday Schooling

Swimming from story to story to learn about life on a busy Sunday morning.

Faith: A new study on patients with advanced cancer found that those who used their religious faith to cope with their illness were far more likely to want doctors to do everything possible to keep them alive than less religious patients.
Patients with a high level of "positive" religious coping – seeking God's love and care – were three times more likely than others to receive intensive life-prolonging treatment in their last week of life, according to a study
published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
"People think that spiritual patients are more likely to say their lives are in God’s hands – 'Let what happens happen' – but in fact we know they want more aggressive care," said Holly G Prigerson, the study’s senior author and director of the Center for Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston...
"To religious people, life is sacred and sanctified, and there's a sense they feel it's their duty and obligation to stay alive as long as possible..."
Honesty: The UK passes author PG Wodehose's honesty test.
"PG Wodehouse, who declared more than half a century ago that, such was his faith in his fellow countrymen, he never bothered posting letters: he simply would toss them out of his window.
'Someone always picks it up,' the author wrote. 'And it saves me going down four flights of stairs every time I want to mail a letter.' "

Tragedy: Leukemia hits 4-year-old boy, while his father battles with cancer. A family that needs all our prayers:
" 'This has just been devastating,' David said. 'For a year I was preparing to deal with my own cancer, then to have this happen to my son has made our world just fall apart.' ..."

Honor: On his Friday radio show, Hugh Hewitt had an incredible interview with Earl Morse, president of Honor Flight Network. Their mission statement:
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.
Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. Now, with over one thousand World War II veterans dying each day, our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.

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