Wednesday, February 23


In the intensely passionate campaign in the blogosphere to rally behind Terri Schiavo and her parents, the Schindlers, it is all too easy to lose sight of the torment that the people who may well decide her fate must be going through. After all, it has become a starkly cold legal matter now, yet a human being's life hangs in the balance of what men weigh and ponder. It's all too easy to venture right up to the brink of demonizing the judges or, standing at the precipice, forsaking reasoned words for reckless rants. Some are even beginning to see moral fault lines cracking in the governor of Florida, that, truth be known, do not exist because he is fundamentally a good man of strong character hewn in granite.

So today, we keep vigil over the fate of Terri Schindler Schiavo -- as the clock ticks toward the late, fateful, afternoon hours in Florida. Let's be mindful, as we do, of the inspiration found in this thoughtful, caring post by The Anchoress and heed her heartfelt observation that our prayers must be enlarging and charitable and we must trust in the unending mercy and tenderness of the Almighty.

Just as ours must be a culture of life, so too must it be a culture of charity, not just in what we pull from our wallets and purses, but what we draw from our hearts. May God bless Terri Schindler Schiavo. And may He guide those on this Earth, who will decide her fate, to find in man's laws and in their own humanity the wisdom and conviction to spare her life.