BE NOT AFRAID.

Right now, I'm so inspired. I just read a Time magazine's Commemorative Issue article about the late, great Pope John Paul II.

When I saw the multi-awarded film Million Dollar Baby with Althea almost two months ago, I asked myself if euthanasia is morally and logically right. If you see your loved one tremendously suffering in his deathbed, begging to remove the tubes sustaining his life, would you do it? I asked myself that question and found it hard to answer but the movie answered it by Morgan Freeman's character deliberately disconnecting Hilary Swank's character's tubes and thus, ending her suffering. After all, it hurts to see someone you love so much toil in immense pain in front of you, right?

This is the cover of the issue I read.
Pope John Paul II, even after his death, answered my question. While the U.S. was debating when to remove a feeding tube from the weak, struggling Pope, the Vatican continued to put the Pope on one. Why?

Nancy Gibbs, the writer of the Time article, wrote, "The Pope made his message was clear; that life is God's alone to give - and to take."

I was relieved and surprised to have my questioned answered right there. I know it's difficult to watch someone suffer but listen to this ... last, last Sunday, I heard 6 homilies by different priests on TV. Of course, all of the homilies were about the same topic, they are only related differently by the priests. All of them were completely inspiring and enlightening but one of them emphasized that the road to Heaven is narrow and very, very rocky - that one suffers because God shows him the road to Heaven.

So there, if a situation was put in front of me, when several people would be deciding whether to cut off the tubes sustaining a person's waning life, I won't do it. Because, after all, LIFE IS NOT OURS, IT'S GOD's.

I have a new motto now and the late Pope gave it to me: Be not afraid. Why should I be afraid, anyway? God has given me no reason to be.

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