[quote=HagiaSophia]I thank you so much for your very kind words.
But people today are under siege in so many ways that often what appears to be apathy is never being catechized to the value of the human life and what a great gift it is. Ask anyone who has been close to or experienced many deaths – they understand how great a thing it is to be alive and how we must protect it.
The writer Taylor Caldwell many years ago predicted that people as a whole would be put under such pressure, to work, to succeed, to produce that their moral senses would not just be dulled but they would be pushed to and fro in so many directions by so many forces that the most previous commodities would be shoved onto the backburner. She was correct I fear, and we are living through a time that will be looked on in the future as something of how we look at the Roman persecutions, mass genocide and major wars. A battle for life itself.
A Survivor of the Bataan Death March died not too long ago, his name was David Levy.
At one point, during the Death March, one of his “Buddies” just couldn’t go any farther. So, without much thought and in violation of his superior’s orders, David slung his “buddy” over his shoulder (like a sack of mail-he had been a mailman), had the men in his company form a phalanx so the Japanese soldiers couldn’t see what was going on, and carried his “buddy” for the rest of the march (some 40 miles in 3 days).
As I said, David and the men in his company did this in spite of their Captain’s orders. His buddy’s life meant more to him (and to them) than it did to their Captain.
If the Japanese had caught David’s company, they would have slaughtered the whole lot of them in the most horrible manner possible. That’s what had the Captain so worried…
The Captain was a Protestant Christian. David Levy was a sceptical Jew. That week, I’d say the Catachesis about the value of human life was taught by the Jewish man.
The Talmud says that he who saves ONE life saves the world. That’s how important human life is to God.
I was priviledged to be with him the day he died.
Hagia, I think it’s more the dislocation of our society than bad catechesis. If David Levy could get it, we should be able to get it. But what he had was STABILITY in childhood until his early 20’s. We have got to find some way to restore that to our Churches, communities and families, and that includes LITURGICAL STABILITY (the “Experimenters” and “Reformers” have done the Church NO FAVORS).
Hagia, with stability, we’ll see people forming relationships, and, as those relationships begin to matter, people will begin to value those lives… It’s not that far a distance to go from valuing PARTICULAR lives to valuing GENERAL HUMAN lives.
I know it can be done, because I’ve seen it.
May God richly bless those who act to save His Little Ones. Michael