Today we honor the faith and ministry of Titus, a friend and close associate of St. Paul. We know he was with Paul on his third missionary journey, and may have been with him on the first two. While many of the details of Titus’ life have not been recorded, we know for certain that Titus was a believer in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and faithful to its ministry. He served as the bishop of Crete until he fell asleep in our Lord around A+D 96.
It is while Titus was serving as the bishop, or pastor, of Crete that the imprisoned Paul sent him a letter of encouragement and direction. Titus had the responsibility for overseeing the Body of Christ on Crete and establishing pastors in its various cities. This was no small task. The fledgling Christian community had its challenges
Today commemorates the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Since 1973, some 40-45 million babies have been aborted, give or take a few million. Sadly, these numbers don’t mean much for most, certainly not as much as economic numbers. They are just statistics. The despot Joseph Stalin, hardly a defender or promoter of human life, once commented, “A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.” Abortion has become a statistic. The word has lost its meaning. It has become an abstraction. Abortion is not a personal tragedy, but a solution to secure personal comfort and convenience. The numbers increase and the statistics are just statistics.
Of course most Americans simply do not want to deal with the issue. Abortion is too controversial….
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Karl Stern was a prominent Jewish neuropsychiatrist, born and raised in Germany in the first half of the twentieth century. He had a wonderful childhood in a small, idyllic town in Bavaria, but things changed as the Nazis came to power. At the time, Dr. Stern was quite the scholar and academic. In 1932, he received a prestigious Rockefeller Fellowship at the German Institute for Psychiatry in Munich. He was a member of the academic elite: his friends and associates were Nobel Prize winners, scientists, artists and doctors. As the Nazi storm cloud gathered over Germany, he moved his family to London in 1935, then to Montreal in 1939, thus escaping almost certain death in the brutally efficient death camps. Not all of his family, friends, and colleagues, however, were so blessed…