Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
- Statement from the Schiavo Family:
. . . Our family had hoped this day would never come, but as it has now arrived, we ask ourselves a question in these incredibly sad circumstances: What would the Lord Jesus ask us to do in a moment like this? In John’s Gospel, Jesus responded to the questions of the rabbis, who asked why a man had been born blind. He said: “it is so that the works of God might be made manifest through him.”
God’s plan for Terri is unfolding before our eyes. Our prayer at this time is that our Nation will remember the plight of persons with disabilities and commit within our hearts to defend their lives and their dignity for many generations to come.
- Statement of Cardinal Keeler, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee for Pro-Life Activities:
“Any man’s death diminishes me,” said the poet John Donne, “because I am involved in mankind.” We are all diminished by this woman’s death, a death that speaks to the moral confusion we face today. Ours is a culture in which human life is increasingly devalued and violated, especially where that life is most weak and fragile.
We pray this human tragedy will lead our nation to a greater commitment to protect helpless patients and all the weakest among us. “