Saturday, 6 June 2009

"Love can, and does make suffering bearable"

In the pro-life, defence of human life at all its stages argument, Alison Davis and Colin Harte make a valuable point about suffering:

"In many people's minds, the whole of the debate about euthanasia is fixated on the question of suffering,"

Harte quoted Holocaust survivor and psychoanalyst Victor Frankl, who said that, amid his suffering: "I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love. ... In a position of utter desolation, when a man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way - an honorable way - in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment."

"That profound insight that resulted from Frankl's own intense suffering, which in all probability would not have been realized without that suffering," said Harte. "Love really can, and does make suffering bearable." ( my emphasis).

Read more at Lifesite

Many years ago, we had the privilege of meeting Alison Davis; this inspiring woman has dedicated much of her life to the pro-life cause, despite her own multiple disabilities and, at times, frail health.She is a living testimony of the power of God's love for those who are vulnerable, weak or disabled.

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