The fullness of life resides with Christ in heaven
Re: “Charlie Gard and the morality of dying” (News Analysis, July 30-Aug. 5).
In the article, moral theologian Charles Camosy says, “We may never aim at his death — either by action or omission — as if his life is not a good thing.”
However, since life is such a good thing, we should not limit a person’s journey to the fullness of life by failing to emphasize that life in this world is simply the foreshadowing of “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, which God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9).
Accordingly, I believe the Church increasingly should be open to a more liberal consideration regarding what can qualify as extraordinary means of prolonging life in this no-abiding city of very imperfect, unfulfilled life. Having the mind of St. Paul, we should be eager for ourselves and our loved ones to graduate to the fullness of life. As the lady exclaimed upon entering heaven, “Wow! And just think, if I had not eaten all of that oat bran, I could have been here five years ago!”
— Father Charles Van Winkle, CSC, Austin, Texas
Re: “Lessons in ‘Reclaiming Hope’” (Essay, Aug. 13-19).
Robert Christian questions the seriousness of Christians who are aligned with a party that wants to give tax cuts to the wealthy, strip away assistance to the poor and vulnerable, opposes protection of the environment, etc.
So what does he propose? Should Christians then align themselves with the party that supports Planned Parenthood, argues for the right to abortion on demand, has vowed to do away with the Hyde Amendment, has inflicted on us that abominable HHS mandate, has indeed restricted our religious freedom.
So you see, Mr. Christian, it is really offensive when you question our religious seriousness. We are between a rock and a hard place.
— Irmi Casteel, via email
Robert Christian’s put-down of conservative Christians leads me to recast his 12th paragraph: How serious is a religion if it is aligned with a party whose central goal is protecting the right of women to abort the child they are carrying? How can people profess to be followers of Jesus Christ when they favor extending God’s gift of marriage to same-sex partners? How sincere is their faith when they strongly support physician-assisted suicide and embryonic stem-cell research?
— F. Douglas Kneibert, Sedalia, Missouri
Re: “A ‘little way’ toward digital evangelization” (News Analysis, Aug. 20-26).
Much of the time I only communicate or relate with others online. But when I do so in real-life settings, it becomes real — a true celebration of the best relationship building. We might consider this regarding the best evangelization and discipleship formation.
— Terry Larkin, via online comment
‘Yes’ to God
Re: “An opportunity for a ‘yes’ in the ‘no-ness’” (Openers, Aug. 13-19).
It takes a lot of courage to write such an article in this era that stresses compassion as the ultimate value in life; even if the reason for compassion goes against the laws of God. There are times that saying “no” is saying “yes” to God. I wish more Catholics had the courage not just to say “no” but to explain why we must say “no.” We need to tell our culture that it is all right to say “yes” to God.
— Father Thomas Haren, via email
Faith in humility
Re: “The four stages of loving” (Faith, July 23-29).
Following the advice of St. Francis de Sales doesn’t have to be a daunting lifetime of turning things over to God if we approach it as one thing at a time. Scripture tell us in 1 Peter 5:6-7: “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.” Community cannot do this for us; it can only encourage us to do it.
— Peter Aiello, via online comment
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