Pope Francis: A Society That Does Not Take Care of the Elderly, Has No Future

Pope Francis: A Society That Does Not Take Care of the Elderly, Has No Future June 4, 2015
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Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Marjan Lavareski https://www.flickr.com/photos/mlazarevski/

The Church teaches us to love and care for the elderly, disabled, weak and helpless. It teaches us that every human life has immense value. It reminds us over and over again with a consistent voice that human life is sacred and we may not murder.

The world is doing its best to teach us to love euthanasia.

The difference, my friends, is Jesus.

I often get comments when I write about my own elderly mother, telling me that if euthanasia was legal, I would have a “solution” for my problems. Caring for an elderly parent is work. Caring for an elderly parent with dementia is hard work.

It can be painful, frightening and lonely. But it is also and always a gift. My son took Mama to her adult day care this morning. He told me later how much he enjoyed those times with Amah.

As the days dwindle down, each one of them becomes precious.

Pope Francis tells us that a society that does not take care of the elderly has no future. I would say the same thing, only differently. A society that consigns those who can not defend themselves to death because they are a “burden,” is dead already.

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One response to “Pope Francis: A Society That Does Not Take Care of the Elderly, Has No Future”

  1. And I’d put it still differently, because I have noticed a major similarity among those who push for euthanasia:
    A society that does not take care of the elderly has no past.

    And maybe that’s the real point. Every decade, this secular culture gets more and more immoral. They don’t want to be reminded of that fact, so they see no value in talking to the elderly.

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