April 03, 2005

Week at a Glance...

As we end this Sunday and prepare for the week to come, let us all take a moment and reflect on the events we have all witnessed.

To start, we saw the vicious struggle for the life of a profoundly disabled woman finally come to an end. Her death sets a precedent which could tragically be with us for decades and potentially impact the lives of other profoundly disabled men, women and children in this country. No one should have to live in fear of being "allowed to die" because of their inability to communicate or their perceived quality of life. Sadly, the seed of that fear has now taken root in a great many innocent hearts.

We also lost the spiritual leader and faithful father of over a billion people with the death of Pope John Paul II. More than any other modern pope before him, he appealed to those of other faiths and to members of his own faith to embrace each others as sons and daughters of one God, all fashioned by the hand of God and imbued with life by His breath. He asked us all to live as Christ asked, to love each other as brothers and to live with grace. If you do not know how that is done, look no further than the life of John Paul II.

In Iraq this week, in the face of a decrease in the number of coalition deaths and a decrease in organized acts by what the media so fondly refers to as "The Insurgency," a group of terrorists organized and launched an attack against the prison as Abu Gharab. At least 20 Marines were wounded, as well as several prisoners, by the shrapnel from rockets or grenades launched into the compound. This appears to have been an act of desperation by a dying cause, an unsuccessful attempt to replenish their own numbers through the liberaton of several of their own from coalition custody. The wounded dog is trapped in the corner and howling for its pack.

Take a few minutes this evening before you go to bed, or tomorrow when you wake up for school or work, and meditate on this week. Pray for the healing, be it physical, emotional and spiritual, that we need at this time.

Posted by Mamamontezz at April 3, 2005 10:45 PM

As I said in my post for today, I'm not sure it would have even mattered if Terri had left a living will. Once the money ran out, I suspect that if Michael hadn't pulled the tube the hospital would have. In reality it's not about what we want. It's about what we can afford. Once the insurance is maxed out and the family money is gone, the hospital (by way of state laws giving the right to do so) will pull the plug.
Apparently the media has decided to assisst the President and his party in the dismissing of the continued conflict in Iraq. Much as they did with Vietnam. Had it not been for protesters the majority of the US would have forgotten all about the troops in Vietnam. Which is what will happen here if someone doesn't speak up. I've noticed that even in the blogosphere the subject is seldom mentioned anymore.

Posted by: wanda at April 5, 2005 02:12 AM


Posted by: wanda at April 5, 2005 05:51 PM

Have a wonderful Birthday Momma!

Posted by: elliott at April 5, 2005 06:57 PM

Happy Birthday Mama!

Posted by: Jack at April 5, 2005 07:32 PM

Amen, Mama.

Lovely post.

& a Happy Birthday to you.

Posted by: emma at April 6, 2005 07:57 AM

Happy B-Day Mama

SlagleRock Out!

Posted by: SlagleRock at April 8, 2005 03:26 AM
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