Thursday, March 31, 2005

From the Front Lines

Outside of Terri Schiavo's "cell":

From Sacred Miscellany:

"Better late than never - we went down to the hospice in Pinellas Park where Terri Schiavo is being starved to death. It was a wretched day with heavy downpours on the Interstate. When we got there, the weather had cleared and we found ourselves in a surreal universe of people keeping vigil, encamped media, and an overwhelming police presence. Was it worth the four-hour drive? Yes. You very clearly have a sense of being present at a turning point in American life. There were Catholics, Protestants, disabled and able-bodied, adults and children. Not the numbers we would have hoped, but maybe crowds don't turn out for these moments in history.

What did I hear from the people around me? Why were they there? Because they cared. Because they were scandalized that no one else was there. Over and over I heard, 'Where are the bishops?' Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament was there, and we know that where He is, His mother is never far behind."