Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Every new year is a great year, says Auschwitz survivor

There are not many survivors left among the living, and it is important to pay attention to their stories of the times that they lived in. NOT because they were Jewish, because there are survivors of other Faiths as well, but because if we do not pay attention to what they can teach us, we will not be alert for any similarity in our times. As is said, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. I am afraid we have not paid attention to that fact....

Every new year is a great year, says Auschwitz survivor, local resident

Lord, have Mercy! God bless!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The Little Match Girl

A lesson many of us MUST learn... we must see the needs of those around us, sometimes desparate in their loneliness, in their smallness... invisible, but crying out for just a small thing. Even, sometimes, those who are working hard, but still in need.... may we never walk past anyone who needs even a bit of help, or of love... God bless!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Obamacare: End of Life Counseling Regulation Leads to Articles on Advance Directives

A quote from Wesley's article on First Things:

The article generally concerns the issue of advance directives. I explained to the reporter that I do not recommend “living wills” because they give power to a doctor you might not even know–such as a hospitalist who you have never met–to interpret the means and context of your desires expressed in the document, which sets your choices in stone even though your views might have shifted since signing. I do strongly support the durable power of attorney for health care because that approach allows you to pick your surrogate decision maker, who presumably, will be someone you trust and who knows your values. Some of the nuances of what I said didn’t make the story, I am sure due to space considerations. I also explained why the regulation is causing less uproar than the original legislative proposal.

Obamacare: End of Life Counseling Regulation Leads to Articles on Advance Directives » Secondhand Smoke | A First Things Blog

I am in total agreement with paragraph. I believe that NRLC's Will to Live tells us someplace in the directions that the LEAST AMOUNT put on any kind of Living Will is BEST.... and that the most important aspect is that in all things, work toward LIFE, until the active dying process has truly begun....

It is important for us to remember the words of JPII, Bishop Vasa, then Archbishop Burke (now Cardinal Burke) and others who stood against starvation/dehydration of anyone, at the time that the courts and an adulterous 'husband' were ordering her to be put to death, even though she was simply disabled, not dying, not brain-dead....

Lord, have Mercy!