Science and Spirit

This past weekend, the New York Times printed a story about a remarkable doctor in New York City who exhibits deep spiritual faith. Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the care of children, is an inspiration and  a wonderful role model to all. I was really amazed with his ongoing effort to bridge faith and science in his everyday life. I encourage everyone to read this article.

Here is an excerpt:

Dr. Dutkowsky has made efforts to bridge the chasm between science and spirit. As president of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, he had the Rev. David Farrell, a Catholic priest who has worked among Peru’s poor since 1964, address the group’s convention last year on the topic of “Poverty and Disability.” That same year, on his third pilgrimage to Lourdes, Dr. Dutkowsky took part in a conference on faith and medicine, delivering a speech he titled “Dignity and Disability.”

He took the occasion to wrestle with the ontological question embodied by the unmerited suffering of patients like Mike and Christian.

“For years, when asked why I chose this profession, I had no good answer,” he said, “until I came upon the first chapter of the Gospel of John. Jesus and his disciples come upon a man who was blind from birth. The disciples asked Jesus, ‘Did this man or his parents sin that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered that the blindness was not the result of the man or his parents’ sin. The man was born blind ‘so the glory of God might be revealed.’ Every day in my work I find myself in the revealed glory of God.”

You can read the whole article here.

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4 Responses to “Science and Spirit”

  1. Dear Timothy,

    There is a way out of the problems of our time, and it is very simple: presenting the evidence to the public that the Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth happened in history, just as Pope Benedict XVI has been saying, and living IN SEASON AND OUT!

    There is massive amounts of evidence that all see upon the ground today, that the Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth are Singular and Unrepeatable Events that happened in HISTORY, and there is no more sngular evidence for their occurrence than the Shroud of Turin.

    That is why – here at Resurrection NOW, Inc. we have designed a state of the art public exhibit devoted to the Shroud of Turin – to be erected at the site of Ground Zero – to exhibit over 5,000 high resolution images of the Shroud of Turin – taken by a team of American scientists, known as the Shroud of Turin Ressearch Project, or STURP, back in 1978. These high resolution photographs – have never all been displayed before in public – all togehter, and what more fitting place to exhibit them to the entire world – than in the Big Apple, and what more fitting location – than at Ground Zero – where Pope Benedict XVI – the living pope who owns the Shroud of Turin, visited back in 2008 to light the Easter Fire.

    Here at Resurrection NOW, Inc. – Paraclete resolves to enflame the Easter fire that Our Holy Father there – into a a Global Conflagration and Pentecost!

    WE ANSWER YES! HE IS RISEN!

    Charity, Joy and Peace in Jesus of Nazareth, Crucified and Raised from the Dead,

    Francis Joseph Paul DeStefano

  2. MaryGr says:

    A fabulous story of a remarkable Catholic physician. And look what he did last year as the new President of the AACPDM in Las Vegas.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6CuajSBUUw
    Could you not use him in some way for St. Patrick’s renovation? Does the roof need inspecting?

  3. Happy to work the roof at St. Pats anytime. Was there for 7:30 Mass this morning. Scaffolding looked really good. God bless and share the faith. We’re all in this together.
    Dr. D.

  4. Here is a letter that I wrote to Catholic League:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters of Jesus of Nazareth, Crucified and Raised from the Dead,

    Here at Resurrection NOW, Inc. we have designed a state of the art public exhibit devoted to the Singular Events of the Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead in real history, specifically targeted for Ground Zero.

    We have discovered, after exhaustively researching the matter, that the 1988 radio-carbon dating conducted upon tiny samples removed from the edge of the Shroud of Turin, is scientifically invalid, and can be demonstrated to the public, as being such, beyond any doubt, drawing upon the finest experts upon the Shroud of Turin in the world.

    We have also discovered vast amounts of scientific and multi-disciplinary research conducted upon the Shroud of Turin, that, even today, remains in obscurity! – even as more and more material devoted to the Shroud of Turin – is being brought online.

    Here at Resurrection NOW, Inc. – we are confident that when the public sees the finest evidence available, pertaining to the Real Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, as these events actually occurred in history, that this public exposition will expose the mythology and imagination, and distortions, underlying many contemporary depictions of Jesus – as in “piss Christ”, or “my sweet Lord”… and many, many others.

    Once everyone in the public square can see that Jesus of Nazareth really did exist, and really was crucified, and really did die, and then, really did rise from the dead – then everyone in the general public – can be much more clear about everything the Real Jesus of Nazareth commanded all of us to do!

    Charity, Joy and Peace in Jesus of Nazareth, Crucified and Raised from the Dead,