So, why do we not put our words into action? Why do we not write our Bishops and priests and let them know where we stand? Why not tell them where they stand? I have already posted this letter here but I will post it in this discussion as well. I am emailing and will eventually mail all Bishops. Please, feel free to use this letter and email them or mail them yourself.
Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ who was stricken for us.
I write this letter with a grief stricken heart and much sadness.
First, I am filled with sadness because of the condition of our most Holy Father Pope John Paul the Second. I will miss him greatly when he leaves this world. Our Holy Father is a true example of what it is to carry the cross in pain and suffering. I only wish our American leaders could also be as our Holy Father.
I also write because we as Christians have allowed the murder of a woman by the name of Terri Schiavo. Surely you have heard of her? Surely you have not been so busy in daily life that you have ignored this case? It seems the Catholic leadership in America has failed us. Bishop Lynch can go to Indonesia to help those who suffer, but he can do nothing to help a woman being murdered under his very nose. Where have our shepherds been in this time of need? Not where they should be. I do realize that not all Bishops because of time constraints etc could have gone to the hospice where Terri lay being murdered. But surely one of you could have gone? Surely one of our “great” leaders could have taken Terri a cup of water? But no…you have denied her water. Even the Romans did not deny our Lord at least something to put on his parched and swelling tongue. " Whatever you do to the least of these you do to me," says our Lord. I pray His words haunt you every day for all of eternity and that you know and realize you have failed in a time of greatest need. This was the time to rise up and let the world now where we as American Catholics stand in terms of life. This was not done.
There are some Bishops who have made statements regarding the death of Terri Schiavo but it was to little to late.
As I told Bishop Lynch, when we are silent in the face of the culture of death, our silence supports this culture. When we are silent we in turn take a stand for Satan. I pray God may grant each of you the needed strength to do what you are called to do. Shepherd the people of God and stand for life no matter the consequences. Are you afraid? Do you tremble in Satan’s presence? Do you fear what others will think of you when you take this stand? Are you afraid to suffer? Do you shrink back from suffering? I pray the answer to these questions is an emphatic NO. If you shirk suffering then why are you Catholic? Remember our Lord and His Passion!!
This Easter I renewed my baptismal vows. The question was asked, " Do you reject Satan?" My answer is yes! And my answer will always be yes. What is your answer to this question? If you answer yes, yet you refuse to stand for life, then you lie not only to yourself but to God to whom you are making this most solemn vow.
For those who spoke out against the murder of Terri Schiavo, I thank you for your words, but sometimes words are not enough. We must take action as the people of God! I urge you, stand for Life, stand for Truth and God will truly bless you. I beg you to take up the cross of suffering, as has our Holy Father. Follow in the footsteps of Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May His peace and blessing be upon each of you and I pray the conviction of the Holy Spirit be upon your hearts and minds.
In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,