You Are Not Alone
May 12, 2021
It is obvious that many people are suffering with profound feelings of isolation and loneliness. Our seniors and single adults have been particularly affected in this last year with the shutdowns and stay at home orders. Our culture, despite all our digital resources and social media apps, is facing a crisis of loneliness. The theme for this year’s National March for Life is particularly relevant: “You Are Not Alone.”
Behind many of the prolife issues lies the spectre of abandonment. Some think, for example, abortion is their only choice because they have no-one to turn to for help facing a life changing event. We know some contemplate euthanasia and assisted suicide out of fear of facing the end of their lives in pain and isolation. Feeling alone and unloved is a crisis in our time.
As Christians, we know the value of each human life because regardless of its circumstances, every human being reflects the image of God. In September 2019, Pope Francis said in a meeting with Italian surgeons and dentists: “a man or a woman should be accompanied with conscience, intelligence and heart, especially in the most serious situations.” What Canadians need is more assistance in living with compassion and adequate support with chronic conditions, disabilities, mental health illnesses or a terminal diagnosis. Instead, there is mounting pressure to coerce our trusted medical practitioners to be the means of ending human life. We must avoid this devastating outcome and instead offer a compassionate, caring and competent palliative care.
Please pray for our country, for our doctors and medical professionals who wish to heal not harm, for those who are afraid and suffering, contemplating abortion or euthanasia in fear of facing these challenges alone. Let us lobby our politicians so all Canadians have access to pregnancy support at the beginning of life and palliative care in the last stage of life. May our Lady of Guadalupe intercede for us and may God bless you and all who seek to witness to the Gospel of Life.
Msgr. Marcel Damphousse, Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall