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Lent - Quick Reflection Before the Beginning

After tonight, the Church's season of Lent begins. This year will be radically different for me than years past, as I am now in a Roman Catholic Seminary. Old-school 'mortification' and 'penance' are the norm here, and it looks like I'm in for a doozy! I've decided on a few different sacrifices this year, and one of them may affect my blogging (don't expect bloggings as frequently).

This Lent I hope to use the special graces given by God to develop my physical and spiritual life in many ways. I will also pray that others may gain special graces to grow stronger in all aspects of their lives!

Happy Mardi Gras, and may God Bless you during this Lenten season.

LifeIsAPrayer.com - I Guess I Won the Contest?

Life is a Pryaer.com

Well, today it has started. I registered the Domain Name "www.jeffgeerling.com" to get a name for my sites on the 'Net. Since it is a simple redirect, you can only access my home page from there, so I've tried to make it look as nice as possible and load as fast as possible (sometimes it's a challenge). Try it out! Type in 'www.jeffgeerling.com' in your browser and see if it works. You should see all my websites in one spiffy little page (with the exception of my 'personal' site, which contains only humorous vidoes and jokes... I'll be putting that up soon).

So... I guess the contest is over, and I won. Odd.

Human Cloning in the UK, Media Still Confused

The man who cloned Dolly the sheep in the UK has been granted a license to clone human beings. That's right -- human beings.

This is a very disappointing news story from ABC News:

"The scientist who attracted the world's attention by cloning Dolly the Sheep is about to take another major step for medical research: cloning human embryos and extracting stem cells to unravel the mysteries of muscle-wasting illnesses like Lou Gehrig's disease.

Ian Wilmut, who led the team that created Dolly at Scotland's Roslin Institute in 1996, was granted a cloning license Tuesday by British regulators to study how nerve cells go awry to cause motor neuron diseases."

Couple May Sue Over Discarded Embryo

From ABC News (thanks, Tom!):

"A couple whose frozen embryo was accidentally destroyed at a fertility clinic has the right in Illinois to file a wrongful-death lawsuit, a judge has ruled in a case that some legal experts say could have implications in the debate over embryonic stem cell research.

In an opinion issued Friday, Cook County Judge Jeffrey Lawrence said "a pre-embryo is a 'human being' … whether or not it is implanted in its mother's womb."

It's nice to see a story like this actually get some press coverage, even if it doesn't end up on any big-name front pages. I wouldn't think this lawsuit will get too far, but it has rattled a few cages and will help bring to light the human-embryonic research issue to the fore for many people again.

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