Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Death with dignity

I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die.
 -- John 6:48-50
Watching these nuns approaching their final moment of life while singing a hymn in Latin brought me to tears.

We should not understand their act as an act of protest -- it is a public act of faith. As Catholics we do not protest. We pray, we speak out in defense of our faith, but we have no need to protest because we know what we believe in.

We accept our fate. We trust in God and His plan for humanity.

Protest is an act of rebellion by those who do not accept the authority of God and His Church. This can never be in accord with the virtues of humility and obedience.

We have Christ as our example and the martyrs throughout history and in every part of the world. It is the highest honor that a Christian can have to follow the path of the Cross.

We will have our opportunity to face death. May God give us the strength and the faith to face it with dignity.

Thank you Michael Voris for sharing this with us.

On this election night as we wait for the final results to be revealed, let us pray for our great country. Let us put ourselves in God's hands and ask Him to show us how to be better Christians so that through our example we can bring others to Christ.

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