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A Personal Plea against Physician-Assisted Suicide

Posted by Christina Chase on 10/31/16

Saint Augustine wrote, "it is never licit [right] to kill another: even if he should wish it, indeed if he request it because, hanging between life and death, he begs for help in freeing the soul struggling against the bonds of the body and longing to be released; nor ... Read More »

Human In Utero – Transitions

Posted by Christina Chase on 6/21/16

You looked like this in your mother’s womb when you were waiting to be born into the world.

You took this time to practice blinking and breathing, preparing your still not quite refined lungs to breathe air. In the last 11 weeks of your life in utero, your ... Read More »

Human In Utero – Sensing the Great Big World

Posted by Christina Chase on 5/24/16

When your mother began her third trimester of pregnancy, you looked a lot like this picture. During your seventh month in utero, you began to use all five of your senses!

Sight:

Ultrasound reveals that babies at this age like to open their eyes and look around. What were ... Read More »

Human In Utero – Dream a Little Dream

Posted by Christina Chase on 4/19/16

By the time that you were six months in the womb, you had already developed a blink-startle response to loud noises. You still have this response – think when something loud scares you. You shut your eyes quickly, jumping a little! This is a trait that girls develop sooner ... Read More »

Human In Utero – A Time to Sing

Posted by Christina Chase on 3/12/16

When you were this age, you, too, looked a lot like this picture![1] 

With your eyebrows nearly complete on your little face, the hair on your scalp was beginning to grow. All of your skin layers and hair follicles were present, ready to sprout. You also had all of ... Read More »

Human In Utero – Feelings

Posted by Christina Chase on 2/14/16

When you looked like this picture, your mother was beginning her second trimester of pregnancy. You had been moving since you were only six weeks old, but, because of the thickness of the uterine wall, your mother hadn’t felt you. By the end of the fourth month of your ... Read More »

Human In Utero – No Matter What

Posted by Christina Chase on 1/31/16

Between the 8th and 12th week after your life began, you had your own unique set of fingerprints! Yet another way to identify you as YOU. Of course, God doesn’t needany physical markings to know who you are. As He says through his prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you ... Read More »

God's Creatures – Human In Utero

Posted by Christina Chase on 12/21/15

What makes a human being a human being?  Is it a case of knowing one when we see one?  The Bible, however, teaches us not to judge by appearances.  And, so, there must be more to it… Looking at this picture of you, in your first month of life, ... Read More »

Your First Heartbeat – Human In Utero

Posted by Christina Chase on 11/30/15

This is a picture of you. This is what you looked like in the first month of your life. And, yes, you look a little weird at this stage of your development.  But, make no mistake about it – you are you, human in every way, growing and thriving, ... Read More »

Human In Utero – The First Day of Life

Posted by Christina Chase on 10/07/15

This is a drawing of you.

This is what you looked like at the very beginning of your life.

In all the billions of galaxies in the universe, there is only one you – and you started as just one cell, about one tenth of a millimeter in size.

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