From “Dying with Dignity” to “Living With Dignity”

July 19, 2011 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

I like this article because it not only makes a strong statement against the euthanasia movement, it also makes an equally strong and principled argument for increased attention and investment in the palliative care movement, which allows those with serious and terminal illnesses to live the best quality of life – “each day with dignity” – and to affirm life even near the end is meaningful and fraught with physical, mental, social, and spiritual possibility.

“Christians know the beautiful truth. That Jesus Christ rose from the dead and destroyed the power of death forever. That every human person has an infinite value in God’s eyes. We must tell our society that our lives are more than biological. Our lives are also theological. We are creatures of body and soul, matter and spirit. We are created out of love to be in dialogue, in a relationship with God.

This relationship begins before we are conceived in the womb. It is not cancelled by illness, disability, or disease. As St. Paul taught us: Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ!”

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