Life Issues Forum

By Richard M. Doerflinger
A campaign to legalize assisted suicide is moving forward in New Jersey, with similar proposals to be introduced in California, Maryland and other states.  The former Hemlock Society (now under the more appealing name “Compassion & Choices”) hopes to pass such bills in a dozen states this year, although its efforts produced new laws in only three states (Oregon, Washington and Vermont) in the past 25 years.

By Mary McClusky
I’ll always remember the first picture I saw of Christopher. I was flipping through my friend’s photo album and suddenly encountered an ultrasound photo slipped loosely between the pages. Andrea’s creative way of announcing the impending arrival of her first child revealed the immense power of images to grab our attention and spark a human connection. Ultrasounds are not simply medical information – they are family photos and videos.

By Anne McGuire          
Patience has never been my strong suit. Waiting can feel agonizingly prolonged and sometimes pointless. Often, the effort to be patient is accompanied by varying degrees of suffering—whether it comes from awaiting a currently unattainable good, living through a painful situation, or any number of other reasons. In the last couple of years, I’ve begun to question more deeply what patience is, realizing that it must be more than white-knuckled endurance.

By Kimberly Baker
Every year on November 2, the Church observes the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day). This is a time when we remember all who have died and commend their souls to God. It also reminds us that we all will face death someday, yet hope that by God’s grace, we will be welcomed before the face of the Lord. This can be a motivation to reflect on the present direction of our lives and how we are using our time in this world. It heightens awareness of the preciousness of our lives.