Let us unite in horror and suffering on Good Friday with the family, the real family, the parents, the brother and sister, of Terri Schiavo, who are going through what the Blessed Mother went through: watching a child, a dearly close relative, who they want only to care for, killed before their eyes, watching public officials wash their hands of it; the death by gruesome means of an innocent.
Some risk an actual placement in Hell in this case, and we see the shameful face of the evil one as seldom before in this dark -- this darkest -- hour.
In the pro-life crisis there has been the divide over the abortion issue and the crystallization of positions through that atrocity but this one is more visible, more cutting, more acute; it is even darker.
Now we even kill those who are forty years out of the womb!
One can all but see the evil spirit behind the squint, the glazed gaze, of commentators and media types -- "experts" of all kinds -- as they casually hope for the finality of death. Should we react hatefully, violently, or in any way wrongly? Of course not. Follow the example of the Schindlers. Be kind toward such people. Be good. But how the devil tempts us.
Those who know the facts about Terri's awareness, and about the way she has been treated these past 15 years, and still support death for her -- still support her terribly misguided "husband" -- are at the least under the sway of the devil and perhaps evil themselves.
Such is not said in rage. We understand that there are good people, many good people, who simply don't understand this case, who do not have the facts. We are speaking about those who do. Here is the nefarious aspect.
Everyone keeps talking about medical "facts" and legal maneuvers and politics, but those are minor offshoots. This case is about an entity known as the devil. When we expose him, and when we cast him out by the Blood of Jesus -- especially on Good Friday -- he loses his power.
How do we know when evil is present? When wickedness masquerades as compassion, when there is inaccuracy, when the facts are obscured, when there is even the depriving her of the sacraments, when there is evidence that she never said anything to her husband about whether she would want to live like this, when a case is decided on incomplete, wrong information, when there is illogical behavior, as with the judge -- who has tossed out credible testimony that completely reverses the case and would convince the public that Terri should live and might even be rehabilitated.
We know there is evil when he won't even hear a live witness or allow for further investigation!
An evil spirit is here.
This is the cutting edge of goodness and a truly disturbing number of Americans, especially in the judiciary, media, legislative branch, and medical fields -- are not on the side of God (Who is a God of life, truth, and longsuffering).
The death of Terri Schiavo would portend a spiral into areas that we don't yet imagine and will bring about disaster to large segments of our "society," as well as those who have been major players.
This is not to hope for such, but simply to make an observation. And it is also to urge prayer at 3 p.m. Good Friday (prayer and fasting). With fasting, we can win. With fasting, we can surmount even this tragedy, if we act quickly.
But there is much damage already. And woe, indeed! Woe forever. We will not judge individuals, but we will speak in a general way, for it is important to speak the truth, and the truth is that this goes far beyond the law or anything of the physical realm; in its badness, this is supernatural.
Deep shame is yours, those of you who have opted for the side of death, for disposing of this woman, this woman who can speak enough to utter words like "help me." You have no idea the darkness that awaits us.
A commentator on TV who wants to see Terri dead and is upset by remarks from those who support her says that we are a civil society and that we must act with civility. A "civil" society kills a woman who has cognizance? What blindness! There may not be a precedent, at least not since Nazi Europe.
No, if there is use of the word "civil" in this case, it is as in "civil war."
No issue has so quickly concatenated division.