Wednesday, December 3, 2008
My Journey, Continued
In my spiritual readings today, everything I read was about accepting suffering and humiliation. It got me to thinking about a conversation I had a few years ago with a young friend. We were talking about how suffering can purify the soul, and the grace derived from accepting suffering gladly. This young woman was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, and she just didn't understand. She talked about how her grandfather had suffered greatly before his death. Being such a young person, the thought of such suffering moved her to tears, and she told me she would be in favour of allowing drug-induced death rather than allowing the suffering to continue. There are so many people in the world today that have absolutely no idea about the redemptive value of suffering that it is no surprise that euthanasia is gaining in popularity. This all comes back to the lack of good religious education. There is a lot of clean-up to do for Catholics to repair the damage done in the last 50 years, and I believe that until we, as Catholics, return to the correct teachings of the Catholic Church, the world will continue in it's downward spiral. The good news is that we have a Pope who is attempting to return us to our traditions and Traditions, and I pray that he lives long enough to see the fruits of his labour. If you would like to read a report on this subject, go here.