End of Life
Of one thing we can be certain: each of us will die. We all pray that when our time comes we will be treated lovingly and with respect. For many, the most difficult thing about approaching death — whether at thirty or at one hundred and six — is that the process involves allowing oneself to become dependent on others for help. We find this difficult because we live in a society which seems to value self reliance above all else. But the radical autonomy which our society esteems is little more than a myth. In reality, our lives are profoundly interdependent. And it is precisely in our interdependence that we most reflect God who created us and who calls us to spend eternity with him in heaven — God who is a Trinity of Divine, interdependent, persons. Regrettably, it is the failure to recognize and appreciate the beauty of human interdependence which allows some to regard the sick and the aged as burdensome drains on a shrinking tax base. We hope that when our death approaches, we will have access to the medical care that we need and that rather than feeling like we are burdening those we love, we will see our needs calling them to transcend their own limitations.