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).
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…
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.
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.