Sunday, March 27, 2005

On this Easter morning, let us rejoice!

Christ has risen!
He has truly risen, alleluia!

Blogs for Terri
is again taking comments. Their server was swamped a few days ago but they have now moved to a larger server, thanks to the donations of many. You may again not only read, but comment on this unfolding injustice.

The latest news of interest to Catholics will be that Terri has been denied the last rites of the Church. I have written this in comment to the posting of the news, to clarify for non-Catholics what this might mean:

I wondered when we would hear information about the Catholic rites for Terri. I assumed she would be allowed to receive Sacrament of Anointing (no hydration or nutrition involved) and hoped she would be allowed to receive Viaticum from the Cup via eyedropper.

Is there a link to confirm that the Schindlers have requested the Catholic last rites and been denied? This news ought to be shouted from the rooftops.

Also does anyone know if this is an old battle or a new one? Has Terri ever had the Sacrament of Anointing? Have the Schindler requested it before and had this denied?

It should be noted, for non-Catholics out there, that there are two sacraments involved here. The first is the Anointing of the Sick, formerly referred to as "Extreme Unction". It is no longer administered only in times of imminent death, but to all who are seriously ill. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: "The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick... By the grace of this sacrament the sick person receives the strength and the gift of uniting himself [or herself] more closely to Christ's Passion: in a certain way he is consecrated to bear fruit by configuration to the Savior's redemptive Passion. Suffering, a consequence of original sin, acquires a new meaning: it becomes a participation in the saving work of Jesus."

The second sacrament at issue here is Viaticum, the Last Sacrament of the Christian:"In addition to the Anointing of the Sick, the Church offers those who are about to leave this life the Eucharist as viaticum. Communion in the body and the blood of Christ, received at this moment of 'passing over' to the Father, has a particular significance... It is the seed of eternal life and the power of resurrection, according to the words of the Lord: 'He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.' The sacrament of Christ once dead and now risen, the Eucharist is in this instance the sacrament of passing over from death to life, from this world to the Father."

UPDATE: Terri Schiavo Allowed to Receive Communion

Deo gratias!

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