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REFLECTION: Remembrance of Death - 01/26/16

by Wesley J. Smith

I was once approached by a member of the Hemlock Society after a speech opposing assisted suicide. She asked me, “Mr. Smith, how do you envision your death?”

I was a bit taken aback. Her whole approach seemed backwards to me. So, I replied, “Ma’am, I’m still trying to envision my life.”

We in the West are often accused of being a “death denying” culture. But I think the contrary is true. As my long ago encounter with the Hemlock member illustrates, we are actually — and to an increasing degree — becoming death-obsessed culture.

Death obsession is corroding our society’s belief in the intrinsic value and inherent dignity of human life. Evidence of this cultural septicity is ubiquitous: in the rise in hedonistic escapism, the violence of our popular entertainment, in the media’s heated embrace of assisted suicide as the next great progressive cause, in particular their hagiographic drumbeat over Brittany Maynard’s supposed courage in promoting and committing assisted suicide.

Annual Blessing of the Continental Divide - 01/12/16

Clergy and faithful from throughout the Rocky Mountain Deanery and region gathered with His Grace, Bishop Daniel, at Monarch Crest - the Continental Divide of the United States. There the Great Blessing of Water took place, although the water was in a frozen state. Frozen crosses are planted on each side (Atlantic and Pacific) of the divide.

2016 OCMC Mission Teams Needed - 10/20/15

Around the world there are adults and children longing to learn more about the Faith. There are women who want to offer their time and talents to the Church, but need guidance on how best to serve. There are people desperate for healthcare. In 2016, Orthodox Mission Teams from the OCMC will do these things and more. Your service on one of these teams is needed!

Mission teams will be serving in seven countries this year including Alaska (USA), Albania, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda. Dates and descriptions for upcoming mission teams are as follows:

3/19/2016 to 3/27/2016 - Albania: Work with Albanian youth leaders to host a conference for young adults from throughout Albania.

3/26/2016 to 4/2/2016 - Mexico: Offer youth and adult catechism to educate and encourage the faithful in the remote villages of San Esteban and Pisaflores.


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