Wednesday, September 14th, 2011


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Jn 9:6-11  [H]e spat on the ground and made some mud with the saliva. He smeared the mud on the blind man’s eyes 7 and said to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated “sent”). So the blind man went away and washed, and came back seeing. 8 Then the neighbors and the people who had seen him previously as a beggar began saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some people said, “This is the man!” while others said, “No, but he looks like him.” The man himself kept insisting, “I am the one!” 10 So they asked him, “How then were you made to see?” 11 He replied, “The man called Jesus made mud, smeared it on my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and was able to see.” (NET)  See also Isaiah 8:6 and Nehemiah 3:15.

Historically there have been three pools called Siloam.  The first was built by Hezekiah (it has not been discovered).  The second was the one that existed in Jesus’ day, built in the early 1st century BC.  The third was the site at which Empress Eudocia built a church in the 5th century.

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There has been a long debate over whether or not abortion is directly tied to poor mental health.  In 2008 the American Psychological Association concluded that there wasn’t any research supporting the idea that abortion caused poor mental health.  A new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, however, is challenging this conclusion.

This new study is a meta-analysis of 22 previous studies which examined the mental health of 877,000 women, of which 163,831 had an abortion.  According to the study, “the results revealed that women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81 per cent increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10 per cent of the incidence of mental health problems were shown to be directly attributable to abortion.”  Having an abortion was found to increase one’s risk of experiencing the following: