In China, there are two Catholic Churches – one run by the government and the underground church that is loyal to Rome. Of late, it seems like the Pope is more interested in negotiating with the government than dealing with the mistreatment and harassment of the people who continue to practice the real Catholic Faith even if they have to go into hiding to do so. They need to keep a low profile to protect the brave priests who struggle to bring them the sacraments. They keep on constant guard in hopes of raising their children to continue the battle when they are gone.
It kind of hit home with me in view of the recent Rosary Rallies held throughout the United States in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Miracle at Fatima. Although there were good turnouts, the percentage of people who participated were small compared to the numbers in the congregations. We haven’t ever really felt the burden of persecution to be Catholics.
The world is getting more and more interested in reshaping faith and religion today and we see some of the effects right now. We need to pray more for our fellow Catholics in China and other places in the world while giving thanks that we haven’t had to face the same here . . . yet.
We had almost fifty people at our Rosary Rally which was exciting especially when we touched the hearts of people driving by and seeing us there unafraid to proclaim our own joy. I’m thinking that Catholics should take every opportunity for public displays of prayer before we discover a world where we have to go underground, too.
When a government is in charge of healthcare, they can also be in charge of whether you live or die. Case in the point, the medical conflict over the 11-month old, Charlie Gard in Britain. Initially, the powers that be felt that keeping him on life support was futile and the baby should be allowed to die with dignity. His parents feel he should have more of a chance and garnered every cent they could to pay for travel and treatment to America. The British medical services ‘would not allow’ that and put a date of death tag on the little boy. Thankfully, this has been extended and some good has come about on behalf of the little child.
A doctor going for cutting-edge medical treatment on the ailment of the boy and an expert in that particular field came to the UK on his own dime and spent five hours evaluating the little boy. He determined that with the help he could provide in the States, Charlie Gard could have an 11% to 56% chance of improvement. He didn’t feel he was mentally impaired. To sweeten the deal, the US Congress voted to give the parents and Charlie immediate citizenship and residence in the United States. The parents had the financial means to bring the baby over without a single penny required of the British health system. They were refused this by the British doctors and the courts. They are adamant that Charlie stays in Britain and that Charlie should die.
Recently, the doctors showed up at a hearing with brain scans purported to be from Charlie and showing low brain function. Before even talking to the parents about this, they sprung it on everyone to validate their vote for allowing Charlie to die.
You have to wonder about the mind set and callousness of a system that basically kidnaps someone’s child and takes away the parents’ right to make decisions for the child. What is wrong with doctors who refuse to consider an alternative that won’t cost them any money. Why is it so important for them to watch a baby boy die? It does make one think that pride is playing a major part in this because these British doctors have failed to help the baby and are afraid that he just might have more of a life with medical treatment in the United States. Don’t doctors take a pledge about ‘do no harm’? It is tragic, sickening, and evil to follow the news on this where doctors fight for the right to end this little boy’s life.
I home schooled my four children until they went to college. This article rang such a familiar bell.
We had been homeschooling for about a year when out of the blue, we got a post card announcing a pot luck picnic meet and greet. My children were so excited to have a play day with other children and I looked forward to meeting some other mothers. My husband didn’t mind meeting up with home schooling dads and getting their view and suggestions.
We arrived and there was a very large crowd of people already gathered and milling around chatting. We looked around for a place to check in or whatever. People looked at us but turned away to greet arriving friends. I put my offering for the potluck on the designated table. We wandered around. I walked up to one group of women who didn’t even try to include me much less ask my name. My husband and I took the children over to a playground and talked to each other.
Lunch was announced and people gathered in groups happily munching and making room for friends. We found a patch of ground outside the circle and picked at our lunch. The group did a lot of praying before and after the meal but didn’t notice a prevalence of real spirituality apparent in their actions.
I guess that, sometimes, you feel you are pursuing such a noble path in life, you don’t have the time to be noble or caring yourself.