Day for Life
“How great a lie …to make people think that lives affected by grave illness are not worth living!” – Pope Francis
‘Day for Life’ is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to celebrating and upholding the dignity of human life. The Church teaches that life should be protected and nurtured from conception to natural death. This year’s ‘Day for Life’ is celebrated on 26th July in England and Wales, with the theme:
Cherishing Life – Accepting Death
There have been remarkable medical and technological advances so that the chronically ill can receive life-saving treatments. We can be truly thankful for such advances. And yet at some time or other we will all die. These same advances have led to more complex decision making about appropriate treatment. At the end of life, there are two thoughts which can help guide us all:
The first is that we love life: Every person is loved by God and every life is a precious gift never to be destroyed or neglected. It is wrong to hasten or bring about death. God will call us in his good time.
The second is that we accept death: This means there is no obligation to pursue medical treatment when it no longer has any effect or, indeed, harms the patient, or where the risks or burdens of the treatment outweigh the likely benefits.
Some times difficult decisions need to be made and the views of family and experts are needed. Depending on the situation we should seek ways to answer yes to both, as life itself is a gift from God, and death but the gateway to new life with Him.
The retiring collection next weekend will be for Day for Life.