“Then they came for the elderly because they were a burden on society, and I didn’t speak out because I was not old.”
Did you know that in the Netherlands, which has had euthanasia since the early 1980s, so many elderly are put to death based solely on a doctors’ decision that many now cross the border to see a doctor in another European country out of fear?
“Then they came for the Church and for me, and there was no one left to speak for us.”
In Matthew Chapter 25:40, Jesus is talking about the last judgment and says “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” One day we will all stand in front of our Lord and have to answer for what we did or failed to do. Will we then be able to say: “Yes Lord we stood up for the least of these, for the unborn, for the disabled, for the elderly?” I know that I will want to be able to say, “yes, Lord” and then hear in response “well done my good and faithful servant.”
Today I ask you once more to stand up for the least of our brethren, to stand up for life and the dignity of each human person by generously supporting our effort to raise funds that will allow parishioners at St. Jude and Holy Spirit to participate in the annual prayerful and peaceful March for Life in Washington, D.C. in January, so that our voices can be heard on behalf of the least of our brethren.
As the Church teaches, when the issue is whether to protect or deny the fundamental right to life, it outweighs other matters. Among acts that are intrinsically evil (although reconciliation and forgiveness are possible), those that directly attack life itself, the clearest example of which is abortion, are the foremost violations of human dignity.
The right to life is the foundation upon which all other human rights are based and without which no other right could possibly exist. The right to life is indeed our first right, and protecting life to the maximum degree possible must be our highest priority.
I couldn’t have said it better myself — it must run in the family.
Hans von Spakovsky is a lawyer in Washington. He is writing this essay in a purely private capacity.