St. Michael's Parish - Cobourg

Dear Brothers and Sisters,                                                                -Lent: February 18, 2015

 

The Pope, in this Lenten season, is calling us not to be indifferent. Please read if you can his beautiful message (we have printed some copies, they are at the back of the Church). I want to propose some ways of showing our concern for our brothers and sisters. We need to become, as Pope Francis says, “islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference.”

 

1- Defend the freedom of conscience of our doctors and health care providers! The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is proposing a new policy which would deny to Doctors the freedom of conscience to refuse being involved in actions that are against their conscience. Deadline for comments is February 20th, 2015. Make your voice heard at www.CMDSCanada.org.

 

Is it fair to ask from a doctor to violate his or her conscience? The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees freedom of conscience and religion. Are not Christian doctors spurred by their beliefs to give the best care to their neighbours? Many doctors would probably be forced to abandon patient care: would it not endanger our health care system, which is already collapsing in the opinion of many? Let us not be indifferent to those who have devoted their lives to our health-care. They are like the healing hands of God for us!

 

2- Similar to the former: “Assisted Suicide.” On February 6th, Canada’s Supreme Court unanimously overturned the country’s law against assisted suicide. “Make no mistake: this anti-life ruling is merely the first step down a slippery slope that leads to the heinous practices we've increasingly seen in places like Belgium and the Netherlands, where euthanasia is now permissible even for children, and studies have found that more and more people are being euthanized without their consent!” (John-Henry Westen).

 

You may consider signing the petition in www.lifesitenews.com and help to save many innocent lives. You may also pray for them, or share your thoughts with others. Let us not be indifferent to those who suffer, let us accompany them. Archbishop Paul-André Durocher has written a beautiful message regarding this problem. Let us be informed, let us be concerned. The time may arrive in which others would be able to “suicide” us…

 

3- Wars… There are people who are being killed, and sometimes only for their faith. We may think that there is nothing we can do… Pray for them! Even the powerful can do little in these situations.  We do not have to delude ourselves and think that without God we will be able to do anything. Let us pray! And let us take courage from their example and live out our own faith, even when it is a little difficult. You can also make donations through the many charitable organizations that are assisting countries at war.

 

4- Please pray for the education of our children, and make your voice heard regarding the new sex-ed curriculum for elementary schools… They want to teach abhorrent things to 6 year old children. In 2010, the government introduced this curriculum; it received massive opposition and was withdrawn after 2 days. Now they want to bring it back… Check canadianvalues.ca for more information and to make your voice heard. 

 

Lenten is a time of prayer: let us pray to God. Without him we are powerless, but “nothing is impossible with God.” Lent is a time of fasting and almsgiving: let us fast and give to others the food they need. Let us fast from indifference, and let us give the best of ourselves to those who need our help. May St. Michael’s Parish be more and more an “island of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference.” Have a blessed Lenten season!     –Fr. Andrew