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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Selling Euthanasia: It Can Even be an Amusement Park Attraction!

Anybody with open eyes is aware that promoting both voluntary and involuntary euthanasia is a hot topic these days. Nurse Diane Valko discusses the alarming trend in her blog post, "Good" News about Dying in America. She describes a doctor's article justifying medical "mercy" murder and ends with:
While Dr. Lundberg’s article is appalling to those of us who refuse to kill our patients or help them kill themselves, it is important for all of us to understand that many of our alleged “experts” are leading us into a cultural as well as medical and legal war over human extermination.
Yes, there are many in the medical profession who would happily put down their patients like a vet puts down a suffering animal. And, indeed, in some places vets are suggesting they can help teach doctors how to kill their patients humanely. Interestingly, however, studies show that vets who do euthanasia have a high suicide rate. Can you imagine the impact on doctors of killing patients made in the image and likeness of God?

 I happened also to come across an article on Mahound's Paradise about a "euthanasia roller coaster." I'd like to think that the designer is simply engaging in black humor, but he seems deadly serious (pardon the pun). In the video below he describes a coaster with G-forces sufficient to rob the brain of oxygen until death occurs. As all these death dealers do, he talks about how "euphoric" the end will be, you know, like starving and dehydrating people to death, although doctors who've looked at his design say nausea and vomiting are more likely companions. Fun way to go, eh? And you get a whole minute to have second thoughts about what you're doing. In the end, it's just one more death machine, a variation of Jack Kevorkian's suicide van.

More and more we are seeing the fulfillment of prophetic voices like Msgr. Hugh Benson, author of Lord of the World, and Arthur Miller, author of Canticle of Leibowiz. In both books euthanasia is readily available to the sick or those just tired of living. In Canticle of Leibowiz those entering a death camp for those dying of radiation sickness after a nuclear war must pass a group of monks with a banner carrying Dante's infernal decree: "Abandon hope all ye who enter here." Suicide is certainly no way to face Judgment.

Euthanasia centers, doctors promoting murder of their patients, scientists designing death machines -- it all points to the increasing aggressiveness of the culture of death. The death peddlers offer despair to those hungry for hope.

So what must we do to stand in opposition and be a sign of contradiction? Those who love the Lord of life need to be just as aggressive in promoting the value of suffering as a means to salvation. One way to do that is to promote the message of Fatima. Those succumbing to the siren song of the death peddlers desperately need Mary's message. Many sinners, she told the little shepherds, go to hell because they have no one to pray or make sacrifices for them.

Don't ever let a second of suffering go to waste, but say, "My Lord, I offer this for love you, for the conversion of sinners, and in atonement for sins against the Immaculate Heart of Mary."

Our Lady of Hope, pray for us.

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