For two hours a grieving mum cradled the apparently lifeless body of her newborn son – and all her caresses and whispered words were rewarded when the baby suddenly began to move.
Born prematurely at 27 weeks and weighing just one kilo, doctors said that Jamie Ogg had no chance of survival.<
Unlike his twin sister Emily, he was not breathing and after 20 minutes of trying to resuscitate him Jamie was declared dead.
His limp little body was handed to his mum Kate and dad David so they could grieve and say their goodbyes to him in private.
But after two hours of being spoken to, touched and cuddled, he began showing signs of life. And after being given breast milk on Kate’s finger, he began breathing regularly.
Delighted mum Kate said yesterday: “He’s a little fighter, as is his sister, and they are both doing amazingly well.”
She added: “I took my gown off and arranged Jamie on my chest and just held him.
“He wasn’t moving at all and we just started talking to him. We told him what his name was and that he had a sister. We told him the things we wanted to do with him throughout his life. After just five minutes I felt him move as if he were startled, then he started gasping more and more regularly.
“I thought, ‘Oh my God, what’s going on?’ A short time later he opened his eyes. It was a miracle. Then he held out his hand and grabbed my finger.
“He opened his eyes and moved his head from side to side.”
Australian Kate said they got a message to their doctor, insisting Jamie was showing signs of life, but he sent back a midwife who told them these movements were natural reflexes and that there was no way Jamie could still be alive.
But Kate and David, who live in Sydney, refused to give up on their baby boy.
She recalled: “I said to my husband, ‘What if he lives? We could be the luckiest parents in the world’.
“I gave Jamie some breast milk on my finger, he took it and started regular breathing. At that point the doctor came back, got a stethoscope, listened to Jamie’s chest and just kept shaking his head. He said, ‘I don’t believe it, I don’t believe it’.”
David told Aussie TV show Today Tonight: “Luckily, I’ve got a very strong, very smart wife. She instinctively did what she did.
“If she hadn’t have done that, then Jamie probably wouldn’t be here.”
The doctor who delivered Jamie in March refused to be interviewed for the show.
Kate, who gave birth after a threehour labour, has now told how vital “skin-on-skin” care, or “kangaroo touch” as it is known Down Under, can be for a sick baby.
I’d like to make a review of what we have seen so far on this blog cause many people started seeing it after it was launched…
My very first post was a video What is your inner music?
One of my favorite post was Fr Joe’s “Is it ok to believe in space aliens?”.
My need for beauty was something I enjoyed talking about but I have a feeling that I need to continue to talk about.
I shared some videos that made me proud to be catholic, some about priesthood and one about the church.
After this comes a series of “confessions” stuff I don’t have an opinion but I let my heart speak. It was global warming (actually I don’t think is was a good post but it’s there anyways) . The other was about friendship.
I realize as I write this post that there was a series of post about Christian every day life quite interesting. The list: Living a Christian life, No pain no gain, my favorite prayers for everyday, He never let me lack of anything(I took as my own confession this translation to English of this very good post of my friend Denise), a story about the sign of the cross. The fish came a bit after but I have to include it on this list together with the post about the Catholic actor fired for not shooting sex scenes. the last post in the same context is another text from Fr Joe about being a good catholic.
And to fish a story I’ve found on the Toronto star about a video that wasn’t quite what everybody thought it was. Do you believe in everything you find in the web?
Well I’m not Michael Jackson but this is it! All I have written until now I hope you have enjoyed. I accept suggestions for further posts.
Please leave a comment after reading a post, it’s nice to have some feed back!
Peace be with you!
Dear Fr. Joe: What is a practicing Catholic?
Q: What does it mean to be a practicing Catholic? Do I have to believe everything the church teaches, or just most of it? And if I don’t go to Mass every single Sunday, am I still Catholic?
A: It’s wild, but as much as we throw around the phrase “practicing Catholic,” it’s a hard concept to nail down. So, let’s get right to it.
First of all, many times, in response to questions like this, the temptation is to slap down some guidelines and say, “Stick with these and you’ll be fine.” It just seems such an easy way to answer.
The problem is, when we talk about faith, we are talking about relationship. When we talk about relationship, we lose something very special when we start explaining it as a list of what we must do and what we shouldn’t do.
Think of it this way: Imagine your best friend approaches you with a pad of paper and a pencil. He asks you to sit down and then says ,“Listen. I want to be your friend. I know I should. Tell me, what is the minimum I can do in this relationship and still be considered your friend?”
Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? That’s because it is. In the same way, when we look at our relationship with God, if our question is, “What is the minimum I can do and still be Catholic?” – we’ve got to stop and look at the core of the question.
God wants a relationship with you. All our theology, all our sacraments, everything we do is all rooted in our belief that what God desires is a personal relationship with us, lived out in a community of believers. Take some time and ponder that, because it’s pretty intense. And if we really understand this, it may take us out of minimalist thinking.
Yet, even with all this, we do need a sort of list, don’t we? Part of the role of the church is to show us precisely what is needed. If we don’t hold ourselves to the standard the Catholic faith gives us, it’s way too easy to fall into self deception. So, after a lot of looking around, here is a list that I’ll share with you. While researching this, I read a letter Bishop George Wiesner wrote for the Catholic Diocese of Prince George, British Columbia, and it was a great source of information.
Anyway – here’s what we’ve got. Please don’t see this list as infallible or complete. There’s really no way to cover it all.
• In terms of the sacraments, a practicing Catholic has a very active sacramental life. He or she goes to Mass a minimum of once a week and lives Communion by being in union with the church and her teachings. Since we are talking Communion, we need to remember that the sacrament of reconciliation is a huge part of this. Anytime we have committed a mortal sin, we have to go to confession as soon as possible before we attempt to receive Communion. We also need to make it to Mass on our holy days of obligation.
• Besides public prayer, a practicing Catholic prays every day in private. Each day, a Catholic responds to God’s call to personal communion through quiet time and reflection. A practicing Catholic prays with his or her family every day and never lets a schedule get in the way.
• The personal and communal prayer of a practicing Catholic compels her to go into the world and spread the Gospel of Jesus in the way she lives and loves. In terms of the social issues of our day, a practicing Catholic dedicates his financial, emotional and physical resources to those things that reflect the kingdom of God on earth. We help our parish continue to function and minister effectively.
• A practicing Catholic votes and lives pro-life: We do not support abortion under any circumstances or in any form. We oppose capital punishment and unjust wars. We support initiatives that help the poor and downtrodden and give our time and treasure to help care for the “least among us.”
In short, every action – political or social – demonstrates a firm conviction that every person is a gift from God and must be treated in the same way we would treat Jesus.
Well, I’m out of space, but not ideas! Perhaps you can use this article as a jump-off point for a discussion with your family and friends and see where God wants to challenge us. Enjoy another day in God’s presence!
This is the link to the news on The Star.
Sometimes it is too easy to believe in what people say. This is an example of how we need to investigate a little more before getting exited about something we see over the net.
What happened was people watched a video on YouTube and started to jump into conclusions, most of them against the Christians (even though some Christians actually do what people think when they watch this movie).
But no we are not all like this and this is not What Christ told us to do.
Back to the theme, don’t believe in everything you see on the net…
GENEVA—Scientists say they’ve discovered five, six, or maybe seven planets orbiting a sun-like star more than 100 light-years away.
It’s the richest planetary system so far discovered and may contain at least one planet nearly as small as the Earth — which would make it the smallest planet found outside the solar system. One astronomer says it’s part of a growing body of evidence that the universe is full of planets — and that a bunch of them could similar to our own.
“The really nice thing about finding systems like this is that it shows that there are many more out there,” said Alan Boss, of the Washington-based Carnegie Institution for Science, who wasn’t involved with the find. “Mother Nature really had fun making planets.”
Although most of the planets identified are large — about 13 to 25 times the mass of our home — those behind the discovery, announced Tuesday at an international conference in France, say they’re nearly certain they’ve identified one only 1.4 times the size of Earth.
Scientists have been spotting planets beyond our solar system for the past 15-odd years, and they’ve now catalogued some 450. But most finds have been limited to one or two or three planets, usually gargantuan balls of gas similar to Jupiter or Saturn.
But at up to seven planets, the new discovery is almost as rich as our own solar system, which counts eight.
Christophe Lovis of Geneva University, one of the scientists behind the find, said the first five were most comparable to Neptune.
“They are made essentially of rocks and ice. They have a solid core. But on top of that is a layer of gas, of hydrogen and helium most likely,” he said. “They are probably not habitable.”
The sixth is a possibly a Saturn-like planet, while the seventh, the smallest, would be so close to its star that its “year” would take just over a day.
Lovis and his team haven’t been able to observe the planets directly, which is typical. Few planets can be seen against the blazing light given off by their much more massive parent stars. The European Southern Observatory compares the challenge to “spotting a dim candle in front of a raging forest fire.”
So the scientists used the observatory’s 3.6 metre telescope at La Silla, Chile, to study the planets’ parent star, known as HD 10180. Over six years, they took 190 measurements, checking the star for the telltale wobbling caused by the gravitational forces of nearby planets.
Boss noted that the method was “biased toward finding the big guys” because the greater the planet, the greater its gravity and the more it made its parent star wobble. But he said the discovery showed that finding smaller planets was still possible.
“This field has gone from zero to close to 500 planets in just 15 years,” he said. “Fifteen years we did not know about the big guys. Earth-like planets are going to be quite commonplace.”
The find was made by researchers from Switzerland, France, Germany, and Portugal and has been submitted to the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.
from: The Star
The fish has been a very strong symbol to the christians but it is not about this I want to talk today…
Once upon a time (I just love starting stories like this!) there was a little fish. He lived in a small muddy pond where Big fish ate fish and fish ate little fish… actually everyone else ate little fish…
One day, swimming away from other fish, our little friend found a hole on the bottom of the pond and he squeezed himself all the way into it. That hole took him to a creek and that creek to a river. Our little friend was amazed with the space and the clearness of the watter. He could find food, space and several places to get some rest in the shadow. What a wonderful feeling to find others like him and to fell safe without the need to hide and run (swim away) all the time.
After some time he felt that he needed to share what he had found with those who rested in the pond. The little fish made an enormous effort to go up the river and after up the creek. You couldn’t imagine how hard for him was to go back into the hole from where he tried to scape once; I mean psychological and physical cause he had gained some weight too.
Our scaly friend finally arrived back in the pond and tried to tell others what he has seen outside. But for those who rested in the pond it seemed impossible the existence of such a world. All they had seen their entire lives was the muddy tank. What made even worst to believe was: to get into that world it was necessary to make a great effort, to loose weight, to get into some tight dark hole on the bottom of the pond.
They ate the little fish.
What a sad story the reader might tell me. Well actually this is quite what happens in our world. This is a way I see us Christians and our relations with the world around us. We have found this safe place, we have discovered a marvelous world of freedom in Christ but the world can’t understand us and they won’t do it until they see it by themselves.
The end of the story may be sad at first glance, but what we can,as Christians, see is: Death has never the last word. The life that lies within us is always stronger.
“The blood of the martyrs shed new seeds of the church”. This phrase is shown to be very true because it is by witnessing, more than by speaking we are going to show our friends the true freedom we have found in Christ. Just a reminder: Martyr means witness.
So let us be Christians before trying to make others Christians, and let us expose ourselves, let us be eaten by the others so this way people can have an experience of the true love of God.
you can see a bigger image here.
If you want to see a video of the image:
for me is always amazing to see Gods creation.