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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 106

Sooner or later, God will call all of us home

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 marzo 2012

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By Michelle Johnson. But for those who are facing the imminent death of a loved one or their own mortality, this can be a confusing time. If you need help sorting through the confusion, or just want to be able to help those who might come to you with questions, tune in to “EWTN Theology Roundtable: End of Life Issues.” “What choices are moral and what choices are immoral?” asks EWTN’s Vice President of Theology Colin Donovan, who hosts the show. “We wanted to give the Church’s teaching on it so people will be prepared to deal with it in their own lives and the lives of their loved ones.” The show takes a case approach: Someone is dying. What is permitted? What’s not? Who gets to decide? What is obligatory ordinary care and what is optional care?Says Donovan: “Are we obliged to do chemotherapy? Fly across the country for treatment? Take a drug that only has a 30 percent chance of working? What is obligatory and what can we forego? We got into what Pope John Paul II said about nutrition and hydration. Can that be withdrawn?” In addition to Donovan and selected members of EWTN’s theology staff, the roundtable includes a pastoral discussion with EWTN Chaplain Father Joseph Mary. “The end of life is often a time for many graces, for deepening a person’s conversion to prepare for eternity,” Father Joseph said. “In addition to inviting family and calling a priest, you can also pray with that person – assist them with your prayers and with your presence. Often, God’s grace is very active at this time so people are more open to the sacraments and, in some cases, to returning to the Church.” Due to time constraints, Father Joseph Mary said he wasn’t able to tell a story he’d been hoping to share, so the following is an exclusive for “Wings” readers! Father said an EWTN employee asked if he would call a friend in California who was dying of brain cancer. During the call, the man said to Father Joseph, “I’ve been away from the Church for 38 years. Do you think God could forgive me?” Father Joseph said, “Of course, He will welcome you with open arms!” The man then said this line to Father, which he has never forgotten: “We never look up until we’re flat on our backs!”

Airs 10 p.m. ET, Sunday, March 11; 1 p.m. ET, Tuesday, March 13; and 5 a.m. ET, Thursday, March 15.(Michelle Johnson)

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