Sunday, November 23, 2008

As regular readers of this Blog will know...

...I really love rain, so it was satisfying sploshing through gallons of it on my way to Mass this morning. Quite difficult to cycle, but I kept dry, thanks to J's excellent Army waterproof, much too large for me but a most useful garment once I had removed his rank-tag and also manouvered the hood into shape - huge because designed to cover a helmet.

Beautiful singing at the 11.15 Mass at the Sacred Heart (Jesuit) Church in Wimbledon. A sermon about Christ's words concerning the Last Judgement :"I was hungry..."

A cheery lunch with friends in a local pub. Later a walk with J. in the evening lamplight.

A late-night discussion with a friend about Govt plans to legalise forms of assisted suicide...have you notice that we are being softened up for this?

We'll hear all sorts of rubbish about how it would be really compassionate, practical, cost-saving etc etc etc to do this...

Don't be fooled. Think about it.

"I was sick you helped me to commit suicide..."


Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Did you read my personal journey re suicide & depression Joanna..will send it to you.Off to Holywell today..will remember you & Jamie & your dear mother.

Anonymous said...

Dear Auntie Johanna,

The (not so)Grumpy Old Aussie has great news! This very Saturday past marked the ordination of two young and very inspiring FSSP priests in Canberra at ST Christopher's Cathedral (newish, but Romanesque in style and lately redone inside to recapture something traditional and more timelessly austere thanks to new Archbishop Coleridge. The Archbishop was extremely happy to "do" the traditional Latin ordination--the FIRST EVER HERE- and both his singing and Latin were very good. The Mass was beautiful. It is remarkable to see this happening in Canberra,a great blessing, because Canberra has been a "mighty fortress" of Australian newchurch Catholicism.

People came from all over Australia to be at the ordination! So many young adults, too, and young families! What great blessings! I am just now getting back down to earth -but only a little.

Anonymous said...

"Softening us up" indeed. We see it in the US, and you're right about the gradual approach: first it will be sold as compassion, then as a moral necessity (so as not to be a burden) and then as a requirement. Thus the baby boomers, who de-stigmatized the act of abortion, will reap what they have sown. Except, of course, for those in a position to opt out. In a way, this may provide an opening for the Church, which still holds that tending to the sick is good for something and that economic efficiency is not a cardinal virtue.