All Diocesan Articles

 

 

What a Sick Person Needs, Besides Medical Care, is Love

Posted on November 15, 2019 in: Caregiver Spirituality, ProLife

What a Sick Person Needs, Besides Medical Care, is Love

"The pleas of gravely ill persons who sometimes ask for death are not to be understood as implying a true desire for euthanasia; in fact it is almost always a case of an anguished plea for help and love. What a sick person needs, besides medical care, is love, the human and supernatural warmth with which the sick person can and ought to be surrounded by those close to him or her, parents and children, doctors and nurses."[283]

    The sick person who feels surrounded by a loving human and Christian presence does not give way to depression and anguish as would be the case if one were left to suffer and die alone and wanting to be done with life. This is why euthanasia is a defeat for the one who proposes it, decides it and carries it out. Far from being an act of mercy to the patient, euthanasia is a gesture of individual and social self-pity and an escape from an unbearable situation. (No. 149)

From the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance’s
"Charter for Health Care Workers"

[Footnote 283: Cong. Doct. Faith, Declaration on Euthanasia, May 5, 1980, in AAS 72 (1980) p. 546. Cf. John Paul II, To the participants at the International Congress on Assistance to the Dying, in Oss. Rom. March 18, 1992, nn. 3, 5.]

   Click Here for Additional Caregiver Spirituality Resources 

Bookmark and Share  


Signup for Weekly Newsletter

    Annual Catholic Appeal

    Our ACA supported ministries rely on your continued support during this difficult time.
    Thank you so much. 

    ACA DONATE

    English

    EspaƱol

    Recently Added Galleries
    Click to view album: Rite of Election 2020
    Click to view album: Consecrated Life Mass
    Click to view album: St. Michael Church Mass of Dedication, 2020
    Click to view album: Nativity Photos 2019
    Latest Articles
    National Catholic Partnership on Disability Gives Update, Plans More Programs
    Weekend Masses Continue to be Streamed Live
    We Can Help. Promise to Protect-Pledge to Heal
    'Hope & Faith' Video Series: USCCB Response to Death of George Floyd
    Social Justice Ministry Conference on Racism Begins June 6th
    Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests
    Pope Francis Asks Catholics to See Church with 'Eyes of the Spirit'
    Culmination of Laudato Si' Week 2020
    Knights of Columbus Founder Fr. Michael McGivney Moves Closer to Sainthood
    Online 'Priest Chat' Returns June 18th
    Two Resources Prepare Parishioners for Public Worship
    'Hope and Faith': Mary in the Month of May

    Annual Fundraiser

    Your 100% tax deductible gift will help us continue to bring the gospel message and the news of the diocese to the faithful throughout eastern Connecticut and the world. Your generosity helps defray the production costs of our print, online, and email newsletter editions of the Four County Catholic, as well as enhancing our Social Media presence. 
     

    For those who would rather mail their gift click here.

    Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich
    201 Broadway
    Norwich, CT 06360-4328
    Phone: 860-887-9294