My family has been going through some tough stuff this past little while. My children’s grandmother has passed away. She was 94 years old, a happy, good, caring woman. She loved to laugh, to go shopping and to cook for her children. She lived a long, fruitful, strong Catholic life. She was a mother to me.
Each member of our family sits with our own memories, memories of our love for her, her love for us, memories of family times, some good and some not so good. Our household is kind of quiet these days. It is a place of sadness.
Pope Francis recent pronouncements on contraception, marriage and the family has rattled the more conservative folks in our Roman Catholic Church. He hasn’t changed doctrine but he seems to have stretched the envelope quite a bit.
This is the first of a five-part series on assisted suicide by Archdiocesan Theologian Brett Salkeld. It is being co-published on his Archdiocesan blog sAsk-a-Theologian and in the Prairie Messenger every two weeks. Parishes are very welcome to print and distribute this material in their Sunday bulletins and to provide the link to this blog in their bulletins and other communications platforms, i.e., Facebook pages, e-mail listservs, etc. ____________________________________________