Truth and Charity: The Dignity of Dying

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Within the last month we’ve marked the anniversaries of two important deaths that.  While linked inextricably because of when they occurred, could not have been more different.

On March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo succumbed to death, followed shortly by Blessed Pope John Paul II on  April 2.  While she died of severe dehydration, being denied even the most basic care of food and water by her husband and the state, he died of old age, but loved by the world, and treated with the most tender care by those around him.  She was seen as a burden by the one who promised to love her “in sickness and in health” while he, needing just as demanding care in the end, was never looked upon as a burden because of the love with which the care was given.  In juxtaposition, their deaths make a striking contrast between the culture of death and the culture of life.

Continued at Truth and Charity.

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