Assisted Dying Debate

The Assisted Dying debate will be coming up soon in Guernsey. Let us pray for guidance for our representatives.

Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Jesus is the Lord of Life

In the former Dominican friary of San Marco in Florence, you will find Fra Angelico’s beautiful fresco ‘Noli Me Tangere’, which depicts the Risen Lord appearing to Saint Mary of Magdala. Mary weeps because she thinks her Lord is dead and, to compound this tragedy, that his body has been stolen. Jesus, however, comes to her and calling her by her name shows Himself to be alive! He, the Lord of Life, has conquered death! He, the Lord of Life, God indeed, now offers true life to all. As we approach the time when we recall Christ’s death on the Cross, it is reassuring to hold fast to the reality that Jesus Christ IS risen and that we are children of the Resurrection. Our Christian faith is all about life!

As Children of the Resurrection, it is not therefore surprising that Christians cherish the blessing of life and wish to defend it against all who would seek to destroy it. We believe in the sanctity of life from its conception to its natural end. The life of every human being is of eternal value no matter what their nation, race, creed, abilities, age, or colour. Each member of the human race is truly unique before God and called to sing a great hymn of praise to the Almighty God who bestows the gift of life on all.

These same thoughts must strengthen us in our determination to oppose the forthcoming requête dealing with assisted dying, which is to be presented to the States of Guernsey on Wednesday, 18th April. Please do not put off writing to your Deputy. Please do not think that another will do this for me. Each of us has a duty and a grave responsibility to defend life, to protect the vulnerable, the sick, the disabled, the aged, from the attack about to be unleashed against them, and against us all. Even if you think that you are incapable of writing a letter which will express the thoughts you would wish to relate, then simply take a piece of paper, or write an e-mail, saying that you are opposed to the requête. The consequences of failing to stop this proposed legislation are simply too horrible to imagine.

Father Paul