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Posted on 04/01/2005 9:47:04 PM PST by Bayou City
The news out of Pinellas Park, Florida breaks the hearts of all decent people. It should shake us to the core. Terri Schiavo is dead, intentionally deprived of food and water, with the force of the raw power of government holding the hands of the executioners. She was killed deliberately, by starvation and dehydration. No Court, Legislative body or Chief Executive had the courage to stop this killing. She was deprived of her substantive due process rights by every branch of government.
Terri was not dying. She was not receiving any extraordinary medical treatment. She was being fed and given water, as many disabled people are at this very moment, with assistance. She had trouble swallowing because she was disabled by damage to her brain. She would have lived for many, many years, bringing great joy to her family and changing the world. But now she is dead; killed by the complete abject failure of a system that has lost its soul.
The Greek word for witness is martyrion. In our use of the word over all these centuries of Christian history, we have emphasized those who shed their blood for the faith. However, there is also a tradition of white martyrs, those who live sacrificial lives that change the world. That is what Terri did. None of us will forget her smile. We all adopted her beautiful family. We now mourn her loss and share, at least a little, in their deep pain. We must also become outraged at the sheer evil of this killing and we must act.
Terri Schiavo is a martyr. She had her life taken away by the enforcers of a New Rome. Remember, the old Rome also had an elaborate system of courts and a highly developed legislative system. It prided itself on its culture, its arts and its claims to civilization. Yet, it legally sanctioned horrors such as the practice of exposure, where children, the disabled and other unwanted persons were left on rocks to die by exposure to the elements or to be killed by hostile passers by. We now do the same.
The killing of Terri Schindler must mark a turning point in American history. Terri was killed while the law was unwilling to intervene. Her death stripped away the veneer of civility painted on the face of the current culture of death. It was a diabolical event, plain and simple. The rejection of the inherent value of every human life as a foundation of our whole understanding of ordered liberty is a clear and present danger. We face a serious risk to both life and liberty when reference to the truth is removed as the measuring stick for our behavior. Authentic freedom has been replaced by a counterfeit. The very foundation of decency is shaken.
To honor Terri, we should dedicate ourselves to the long term work of building a new society, a culture of life and civilization of love, where the dignity of every human life will be the polestar of all public policy; marriage and family will be protected as the first mediating institution and defended against those who aim to replace and eradicate them; authentic freedom will be exercised in reference to truth and within a moral constitution, and our obligations in solidarity to one another, and most especially those who have no voice, will be upheld by elected and unelected public servants.
With all the talk of the religious influence in America, the martyrdom of Terri Schiavo reveals the lack of a national soul. Terri was killed in a manner reminiscent of past evil regimes. I am reminded of the old adage attributed to the English Philosopher Alisdair Macintyre who, commenting on the decay in English society, once said The Creed of the English is that there is no God but it is proper to pray to him once in a while. Without reference to the Source of unalienable rights, the One who placed the hunger for true justice within every human heart, we have become unmoored as a Nation.
Terrible injustices sometimes mark turning points in the political history of Nations. I pray that Terris death becomes such an event; an impetus for a new coalition for life, family, freedom and solidarity. If it does, Terris martyrdom will not have been in vain.
Deacon Keith Fournier is a member of the Catholic Clergy and a human rights lawyer
I do hope the next Pope will consider making her Blessed. She wouldn't reach Sainthood, but she has inspired very much faith in the world and is worthy of recognition, in my view.
"I do hope the next Pope will consider making her Blessed."
I agree and I hope he's reading our threads.
She could easily be canonized a saint, because her murder was in part motivated by hatred of the Faith.
Here is a ping for you...
I think you need to have performed 5 miracles.
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She could become a full saint. All she needs is two miracles attributed to her. They don't have to happen while she is alive. Perhaps we are witnesing one right now, in that the world has taken notice of the evil of euthanasia.
Any or all of them could have legitimately saved her. This is what devastates me.
The Greek word for witness is martyrion. In our use of the word over all these centuries of Christian history, we have emphasized those who shed their blood for the faith. However, there is also a tradition of white martyrs, those who live sacrificial lives that change the world. That is what Terri did...
While I admire the family of Terri and their attempts to retain their beloved daughter and sister, I regretfully cannot agree to the above statement in the article. Please correct me if I am wrong, but Terri was bulimic and had heart failure as a result of insufficient potassium levels. I find it difficult to categorize these facts as shedding their blood for the faith or living a sacrificial life that changed the world. How can one possibly compare that to someone, like the apostle Paul, who lived a sacrificial live that changed the world? Sorry folks, but thats just not reality. Unfortunately, had she not suffered the severe brain damage she did she'd be as well know as you or me walking down a crowded NY street going home from work. Further, and I'm only speculating here, but its unlikely that prior to her heart failure and ensuing physical state, that Terri was living the definition listed above. Of course I dont know her and cant say with any certainty, but how many martyrs does one really know? Don't get me wrong, this entire episode was sad and truly unfortunate, but let's try and keep the big picture in mind and always remember that God works in mysterious ways...In the grand scheme of it all Terri, in this case, was simply the instrument chosen by our Maker to redirect us all back to Him.
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That's what it was, judicial homicide. The "blood on their hands" detail is very effective.
This is not accurate - just another of the many MSM perpetuated inaccuracies that were originally provided by Felos and Michael Schiavo. I'm sorry, but I'm just too exhausted to post a link for you. However, there are many articles in the Empire Journal.com that you could look up.
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