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Deacon Pedro

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Recently, while in Edmonton during the Every Life Matters series, I overheard someone say that the Catholic Church had two preferential options. I had heard of the preferential option for the poor but had never heard of the preferential option for life. Life is the one inalienable right upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop. There can be no liberty or security unless life is defended and promoted. Mother Teresa told the United Nations gathering in 1985:
"If we are sincere in our hearts that we really want peace, today, let us make that strong resolution that in our countries, in our cities, we will not allow a single child to feel unwanted, to feel unloved, to throw away a society."
Indeed, there can be no peace, unless all human life is defended and protected from conception to natural death.
This week is a special week when we celebrate and recognize the value of every human life. Of course, this is something that we should do all the time, but in a special way, as the temperature is warming and plants are budding - there is new life everywhere - it's good to make a point of reminding ourselves and those around us that we are a people of life.
I hope that you can join us for the following programs airing this week on S+L TV:

Wednesday May 11

Catholic Focus: End of Life Issues - The Law
7:05PM ET / 4PM PT (repeat at 11PM ET / 8PM PT)
Our legal landscape is changing in Canada with the legalization of medically assisted dying. What does the criminal code say? What is being changed and how did we get here? These questions and more are addressed by Kate Faught, a lawyer in Edmonton.
Turning the Tide
9PM ET /6PM PT (repeats at 10PM PT).
This is our award-winning documentary that looks at dignity, compassion and euthanasia.
Through the lives of 5 individuals, this production explores how the legalisation of Euthanasia would affect society, in particular those who are most vulnerable: the disabled, the elderly and those who are chronically ill. Made in association with the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, this powerful documentary looks at the concepts of compassion, dignity, quality of life, personal autonomy and choice, and explores how the law works in shaping a society. The documentary includes Canadian disability rights activist, Catherine Frazee and Palliative Care Nurse Consultant, Jean Echlin, as well as Wesley Smith, attorney for the International Task Force Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and Terri Schiavo's brother, Bobby Schindler.
A People of Life
9:30PM ET (repeats at 10:30PM PT)
Made in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus, A People of Life explores what it means to be Pro-Life, looks at the Pro-Life issues: abortion, euthanasia and stem-cell research in both the U.S. and Canada, and focuses on the work done by the Knights of Columbus in these areas. A People of Life includes interviews with Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson; March for Life Founder, Nellie Gray; Project Rachel Founder, Vicki Thorn, Democrat Member of Congress, Bart Stupack and President of Life-Athletes, Chris Godfrey, among others.

Thurs. May 12 (March For Life Day)

Love is a Choice
9:30AM ET
The official documentary of the life of St. Gianna Beretta Molla with excerpts of the Canonization ceremony on May 16, 2004. Includes interviews with Pietro Molla and their children.
Catholic Focus: End of Life Issues - The Law - 12 noon ET / 9AM PT
Turning the Tide - 12:30PM ET / 9:30AM PT
Chiara Luce Badano: A Beautiful Plan
1PM ET / 10AM PT
Chiara Badano, called Chiara "Luce" (which means "Light"), was an Italian teenager who belonged to the Focolare Movement and died prematurely at eighteen after succumbing to osteosarcoma, an aggressive and painful form of bone cancer. She was beatified in September 2010 in the Sanctuary of "Our Lady of Divine Love" in Rome.
A People of Life - 2PM ET / 11AM PT
Every Life Matters EP 1 What's it All About?
I also encourage you to watch the Every Life Matters series. All episodes are online, but also re-airing on S+L TV. Also watch my series of new Catholic Focus episodes on end-of-life issues Wednesdays throughout the month of May:
Every Life Matters: Ep 2 What’s Wrong with Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia?
Sat May 14
Catholic Focus: End of Life Issues - Human Life Matters
Premier Air Date: May 18, 2016
7:05PM / 8:05PM PT
Canada's laws concerning assisted suicide and euthanasia are changing. What does this mean and why should we be concerned? What is wrong with assisted suicide and euthanasia? Disability Advocate, Mark Pickup answers these and questions on dignity, compassion, quality of life and other end of life issues.
Every Life Matters: Ep 3 It’s My Body, My Choice
Thursday May 19
Every Life Matters: Ep 4 I Don’t Want to Suffer
Sat May 21
Catholic Focus: End of Life Issues - What Does the Church Say?
Premier Air Date: May 25, 2016
7:05PM / 8:05PM PT
Issues of death, dying and suffering touch all of us and the Church has been journeying with people through these times for millennia. As Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide become legal in Canada, Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton explains what the Church teaches and what's wrong with these practices.
Every Life Matters: Ep 5 What  Must We Do?
Thursday May 26
Catholic Focus: End of Life Issues - Ending the Pain
Premier Air Date: June 1, 2016
7:05PM / 8:05PM PT
Many people who support the idea of medically assisted dying do so on the basis that some people live with unbearable, intolerable pain. Can all pain be managed? How are we to respond to the question of pain? Lisa Daniels lives with chronic pain. Together with her doctor, Robert Hauptman, they address these and other questions.
Catholic Focus: End of Life Issues - Quality of Life
Premier Air Date: June 8, 2016
7:05PM / 8:05PM PT
People with disabilities are most concerned about the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Charles and Jeri Marple are the parents of a child with Cerebral Palsy and they address these concerns and explore questions about value, dignity and quality of life.

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