[quote=Malachi4U]I During his preaching/ he said that he prayed that his wife would die while she was in the hospital shortly before she did in fact die. Oral also refused to put his wife on life support.
My questions are these:
Are Christians to pray for death or life?
Is it OK to pray for people to die?
SHould we put people on life support and pray for them to get better and/or God to perform a miracle and heal the person?
Should Christians choose when to die?
What point should Christians refuse life support to others?
Could God have called Mrs. Roberts home in response to Orals prayer instead of allowing her to recover?
Would Oral support the courts in Florida in taking people off life support and then starving them to death? (In ref. to Mrs. Schiavo (sp?))
I just have numerous questions about what Oral said and I would like help from anyone that knows more about his position on this. I would also like to hear what Catholics think about what Oral said. Oral could have meant something very different then the way in which he said it or I took it. He may even have a god point that I missed?
Oral seems like a good man, I just want to know more about what he means and teaches and where it is found in Sacred Scripture.
Thanks for your help,
You can GOOGLE ----“st. rita of cascia”----- in the Internet.
St. Rita of Cascia, if my memory is correct, had two sons, no daughters, and was married to a drunkard, politician who often physically beat her and the children. One day the husband was murdered and the sons were planning to kill the murderer or murderers. Unable to do much about it, ST. RITA OF CASCIA PRAYED FOR GOD TO TAKE HER SONS RATHER THAN HER SONS TO COMMIT THIS GRIEVOUS SIN OF VENGEANCE BY MURDER. GOD ANSWERED HER PRAYERS AND TOOK HER SONS.
Now a widow and no children, I think she became a nun. But one thing I am sure about her is that in church, SHE SMELLED SO BAD!!! IT IS BECAUSE SHE HAD A STIGMATA OF A THORN ON HER FOREHEAD, AND THE STIGMATA SMELLED WITH STENCH!!! NOBODY KNEW AT THAT TIME THAT SHE WILL BE A SAINT, AND PEOPLE WERE TALKING!!! PEOPLE WERE SAYING THAT SHE WAS BEING PUNISHED FOR ASKING GOD TO TAKE HER CHILDREN!!!
On death however, St. Rita of Cascia’s body never decayed!!! And if my memory is correct, her body is fragrant!!! Today, she is known as “THE PATRON SAINT OF THE IMPOSSIBLE”.
In Portugal or Spain, there was a woman who died exactly on October 13. I THINK SHE IS THE LADY CALLED ALEXANDRINA da Costa. And she is material in the appearance of Our lady of the Rosary in Fatima, Portugal. She, and I think her two girl cousins, were in the house sewing when suddenly several men burst into the house with the intention to rape them. But Alexandrina ended up on the second floor of the house. Alexandrina prayed to God to take her rather than be a party to this sin. At the very last moments to escape the attack, SHE JUMPED OFF THEIR SECOND STOREY WINDOW TO THE GROUND BELOW!!! (yet we are told that suicide is a sin against the Holy Spirit, the SIN OF DESPAIR, THE SIN WHICH CANNOT BE FORGIVEN.) ALEXANDRINA ENDED UP SEMI CRIPPLED AND ABOUT TEN YEARS LATER WAS COMPLETELY A QUADRUPLEDGIC. THAT’S WHEN SHE SURVIVED FOR MANY MANY YEARS, I THINK 50 YEARS, EATING NOTHING BUT THE HOLY EUCHARIST!!! AND YOU KNOW THERE WAS NO FRAUD BECAUSE SHE WAS A QUADRUPLEDGIC AND BEDRIDDEN!!!
Another case, I think, where a person prayed for death was the case of the girl who was CANONIZED BY POPE JOHN PAUL II, and IN THE CANONIZATION CEREMONY, NOT ONLY THE MOTHER, BUT ALSO HER KILLER AND ATTEMPTED RAPIST, AND OTHER RELATIVES WERE STILL ALIVE AND PRESENT. Other bloggers might be able to remember and tell you who she is. She died, I think, when she was only 12 years old. She is the saint who visited her murderer, Alejandro, in prison in a dream where she gave him white lilies, EXACTLY ONE WHITE LILY FOR EACH STAB WOUND SHE RECEIVED FROM HIM. Her mother forgave her murderer, I think the two of them were sitted side by side during the cannonization ceremony. Her murderer became a priest.
I think, the common pattern here is people praying to God, asking either for God to take them or for God to take others, SO THAT A GRAVE SIN WILL NOT BE COMMITED!!!
Arguing for Oral Roberts, maybe he was praying to God to spare him the possible future sin where he might end up committing or tempted to commit euthanasia.
Since we are talking here about asking God to take one’s or somebody else’s life, AND SINCE SINS AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT CANNOT BE FORGIVEN, kindly look for flaws or mistakes in the examples I told above, because I can and do make mistakes.