Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Monday, January 21, 2019
9 Days For Life Novena: Day 8: For Those Near Death
May those nearing life’s end receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
dying process is a sacred time—a final season to seek closure in this
life and prepare for the next. We know earthly death is not the end, but
rather the door through which we must pass to gain eternal life. The
deadly practice of assisted suicide—now legal in several states—shortens
or even eliminates this sacred season, carelessly cutting short the
life of the patient. To support the “false compassion” of assisted
suicide is to see people as a problem to be eliminated. End-of-life care
should instead help eliminate or alleviate the patient’s problems,
whether they are physical, spiritual, or emotional.
Those who die in God’s grace
and friendship live forever with Christ. Because of our belief and hope
in the Resurrection, we can face death not with fear, but with trust. We
pray that society might recognize that every day of our lives is a gift
and is always worth living, especially our final days. We need not fear. Christ is with us.
Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)
some of your free time to do a small act of service, such as making
breakfast for a family member, writing a note of encouragement for a
coworker, or praying for the intentions of a friend.
Pray a decade of the rosary (www.usccb.org/rosary) for your friends and family who have passed away, as well as the departed who have no one to pray for them.
Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.
One Step Further
Assisted suicide is in the news
and on lawmakers' agendas. Supporters call it “aid in dying” and claim
it is just another option for ending intolerable pain as part of
end-of-life care. Learn why assisted suicide is radically different from
end-of-life care and the practice of palliative care in “Killing the
Pain, Not the Patient: Palliative Care vs. Assisted Suicide”(www.usccb.org/killing-the-pain).
members or friends approach life's end, we may not know how best to
accompany them. For suggestions on authentically compassionate care
anchored in unconditional respect for human life, read “Caring for Loved
Ones at Life’s End” (www.usccb.org/endoflifecare).