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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Statement by Archbishop Harry Flynn on Terri's Death

Archbishop Harry Flynn and the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis released this statement earlier today:

Statement by Archbishop Harry Flynn on the Death of Terri Schiavo

March 31, 2005, St. Paul. The people of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis wish today to express our condolences to the family of Terri Schiavo and assure them of our prayers in this time of grief. Jesus Christ took all human suffering upon Himself and gave it meaning through His death and resurrection. As Terri's sufferings joined her in an intimate and mysterious way to the Passion of Christ, so we pray that she will now share in His glorious resurrection that we celebrate in this Easter season.

Terri's life gave the entire world an opportunity to reflect upon the preciousness of each human person and our duty to care for one another, especially the most vulnerable. Her death now strengthens our resolve to create a society in which the sanctity and dignity of human life is always respected. It also gives us an opportunity to renew our faith in the eternal destiny held in store for each one of us.

We can only hope that this tragic situation will inspire all people of good will to help build a "culture of life." May our merciful God grant eternal rest to Terri and consolation to her family.

A memorial service is being planned for Monday evening at 7:00pm in the Cathedral of Saint Paul.

The Respect Life office of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is also planning a workshop on "end of life" issues from the Catholic perspective in the near future.

More details on both events will be made available on the Archdiocese website: www.archspm.org


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