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On Feb 06, 2015, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada, ruled that current sections of the Criminal Code unjustifiably infringe on the Charter [of Rights] and are of no force or effect to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted death for a competent adult person who (1) clearly consents to the termination of life and (2) has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition.”
I’ve been recommending widely a book I’ve read recently: Consider the Birds – A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible by Debbie Blue. It’s easy to read but has a wealth of new understanding and insight contained in its 10 chapters.
For two years I have been waiting.
When we first began to put the liturgy for St. Brigid’s together, we envisioned a worship that would have space for people to offer in their own reflections and prayers. A worship that included silence and reflection and prayer.
For the past few days our news media, locally, nationally and even internationally have been full of the frightening images of roaring fires and billowing clouds of smoke enveloping the forests and the inhabited areas of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
I invite you to pay particular attention to the Gospel this morning, as Liz is going to take you on a grand adventure into the pool of Bethzatha.