Blessed John Paul II wrote in Redemptoris Mater that the “Church journeys through time toward the consummation of the ages and goes to meet the Lord who comes.”
John Paul II
Euthanasia was legalized in Canada a year ago in June of 2016. Since that time, the Canadian Paediatric Society has reported that physicians are “increasingly being approached” by parents seeking to euthanize their infants and children.
St. John Paul II, through his love for Jesus, and through his love for Mary whose “fiat” brought Mercy into the world, will be remembered as a humble and living image of what we all seek. His words, his careful and masterful teaching of the mysteries of Christ’s life, will continue to echo in our hearts and lives.
Ultimately, Advent finds its completion in our union with God, as we are swept up into the supernatural life of the Holy Trinity. Yet such an incomparable event is not something which merely dwells in a yet-to-be-realized future; nor is it something accessed only after we pass through the thin veil of death which soon awaits us all. As members of holy mother Catholic Church, our thirst for communion with the Triune God is satisfied by the Risen Lord himself, who both announces the great eucharistic feast at his altar as well as provides for it, in order to enable us to consume his own flesh and blood—the food of eternal life.