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I love the psalms. At St. Brigid we have been spending about five minutes in prayer and reflection before we begin the prayers for the people and I have been using the psalm appointed for the day as our focus.
I love the psalms because they explore our relationship with God in its fullness.
One of the joys of my work is the delicate balance between my work as a facilitator, and my work as a deacon. The two are actually much more closely aligned than many people at first might imagine.
A friend from Ontario was visiting Vancouver recently, staying at a downtown hotel nearby. He walked to the Cathedral for worship Sunday morning, got to the corner of Georgia and Burrard and was puzzled, “What have they done with the Cathedral—it was right here last time we were in town!”
This Sunday is the third of our forums looking at end of life matters. We’ve already covered ‘living wills’ and powers of attorney, and planning funeral and memorial services. Today we are entering more controversial territory as we discuss the new possibility of physician assisted death.
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.”