Tuesday, March 10, 2009

NO ONE is expendable

Yesterday President Obama signed a measure that would grant $10 billion for embryonic stem-cell research.

Here's what some of my fellow Catholic bloggers have to say:
Michelle at Rosetta Stone

Jean at Catholic Fire

Rebecca Teti at Faith and Family Live

Paul at Thoughts of a Regular Guy

Rock Wren at Lofted Nest

RobK at Kyrie Eleison

Jeff Miller at The Curt Jester

There is a little book called The Way of the Wolf by Martin Bell. It came out in the early 1970s. One of the short pieces in this book, "Wood and Nails and Colored Eggs" was always used in our parish in place of the homily on Good Friday. If you are looking for a way to explain the "seamless garment" concept, use this story. (Scroll down a bit on this page and you'll see the whole essay.) When you click over to that page, bring tissues. You might need the whole box.

That essay always had a big impact on me, and I never forgot the sentence that closes the first two sections. "No one, absolutely no one, is expendable."

That is how we need to live our lives. We need to make sure that we think and act and pray and work so that it becomes clear to everyone around us that, indeed, no one is expendable.

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