Sunday, March 27


I have no doubt that all of us will come across many poignant, heartening, thought-provoking posts this Easter weekend, but for me this one at IrishLaw was particularly special, as are so many of her posts. She has a way of touching the heart, while shaping the mind, and that is why I am a regular reader of hers.

Some people seem to want Terri Schiavo to die not because they know for certain that she would have wanted it (an unclear assertion) but because they look at her, profoundly disabled, and see a life not worth living. They'd probably look at the Downs baby I know and wonder why he wasn't just aborted so his parents could save themselves the heartache -- and in fact, so many of those children are aborted because of their parents' fear or much-less-understandable desire for "genetically perfect" children only. They'd look at Alzheimers patients or people with terminal cancer or dementia and wonder why not put them out of their misery by ending their lives -- instead of seeking first to ease pain, coming to see the presence of grace, and seeking always to show love by caring even if it inconveniences or makes others uncomfortable. The worth of individual human beings simply isn't dependent on the ability to reason or to live independently, but rather it comes from God. And if we struggle to find meaning in suffering, still we must remember that no suffering is as great as that endured by Christ, who suffered for all our sakes and bore the heaviest cross of all; and no suffering, anticipated or real, can justify a human decision to end life prematurely, for to do so is to deny the role of God and of love in our lives.