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Father Frank's homily on Terri Schiavo
EWTN ^ | 25-Feb-2005 | Father Frank Pavone

Posted on 02/25/2005 2:58:52 AM PST by Future Useless Eater

Father Frank's homily on Terri Schiavo, and advice to Michael [An F.R. exclusive] ...



The last time I had the privilege of preaching from this pulpit, was a few days before the national elections of the United States of America last November, and do you remember how I concluded my remarks? I said, I know that the outcome of this election will be favorable to the cause of life, because I know you.



That's what I said; because I know you, the people of God, who always respond when there is a need. Who always respond when they are called to respond. Who always respond when the issues of the gospel are placed clearly before them and a convincing call to action is sent forth. This is how the church grew from the very first day. This is how the church continues to grow. And this is how the cause of justice in ALL its forms, continues to advance. Pushing back the forces of darkness and of evil that threaten to devour us. I said I know you, because I've traveled the length and breadth of this nation as I continue to do, and have seen you face to face. And I've seen the conviction, and the fervor, in your minds and your hearts, in your lives.



Brothers and sisters, today, I ask you to do it again. In reference to the tragedy, the situation that is unfolding in the state of Florida. A situation which is TODAY's fulfillment of the gospel that we just heard about Lazarus. Lazarus, who was lying at the door of the rich man, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man's table, but no one lifted a finger to give him anything.



... You've heard about this already, thru the ministry of EWTN, you've heard about presumably in one way or another on the news, there is a woman in Florida by the name of Terri Schiavo, who since 1990 has been suffering from a brain injury, but who otherwise, brothers and sisters, IS LIVING and HEALTHY. She is NOT dying. She does not have any kind of a terminal illness. She is not connected to any kind of life support.



The problem that has arisen, for years now, is that her estranged husband wants her to be starved. She is fed by a simple normal feeding tube at mealtimes. Aside from that, there are no tubes or machines connected to her body. She is living on her own. But she has been kept in a hospice.



Her parents, and her siblings WANT to take care of her for the rest of her life. She is not able to communicate easily, but she IS aware, and she IS alert. I've been to see her two times, I'll tell you more about that in a moment. But her parents, and her-- She has a loving family, committed and ready to take care of her for the rest of her life.



And meanwhile, this estranged husband, I'm going to have some words addressed directly to him before I'm finished with this homily, is off with another woman, with whom he has two children, and WANTS Terri dead.



Brothers and sisters, one would think that this was enough information, to resolve this situation, and to say, well then, let him go his way, and let her be in the care of her family. But because of legal technicalities... but because in the eyes of the law... the husband is her quote 'legal guardian', the law has not been able to intervene here to say, well, legal guardian or not, you don't have the right to starve another individual. You don't have the right to kill an innocent person.



Our legal system is broken. The court system is broken, and it is time to fix it. And when the laws, and the courts, and the system in place in this country, or in any other country, that has as its primary purpose the protection of life, the protection of its citizens, NO LONGER achieves that goal, then it is the duty of you, the people, to RISE UP and to change this situation. And that's why I say to you today, as I said back in the beginning of November, you have a task to do and I know that you will do it. It will HAVE to be done, what[ever] can be done.



Brothers and sisters, this situation is reaching a climax. It changes hour to hour. There are so legal maneuverings, there are so many questions still on the table, there are so many angles to this, that by the time you see this broadcast later in the day, the situation may have changed from what it is now.



The point is, first of all, those of you who live in Florida, I want to make a special appeal to you, and those of you who KNOW people in Florida... It is the people of Florida, at this point in time, who have the biggest opportunity to help Terri and her family, by contacting the Governor and the STATE legislators of Florida, and ask them again to intervene. Because Terri's feeding tube was removed once already, and thanks be to God, the legislature of the state of Florida, and the Governor DID intervene, and were able to protect her from starvation.



That needs to happen again. The legislature and the Governor need to intervene yet again, to find any and every way that they can... any and every way that the law provides for them... And you the people, need to let them know that you want to see that happen.



Now if you don't live in Florida, and you don't know anybody in Florida, then by all means, let your own representatives on the federal level, at least KNOW your concern. So that perhaps in some way, some things can be discovered, that can be done even on a federal level.



But let your lawmakers know that you are deeply troubled and concerned about this problem. And then there's another angle, there's another dimension to this. I told you that I SAW Terri. I was in to see her twice. I saw her once in September and I saw her once just a couple of weeks ago.



And she communicated. She's alert. We prayed. She follows everything that's happening in the room with her eyes, turning her head, smiling. She- When I was in there with her parents, her dad leaned over to kiss her, and she made the motion to kiss him back...



She's not able as I said, to articulate her words, but she attempts to speak. And if she HAD the benefit of some physical therapy and some speech therapy, she would be in a lot BETTER condition, but guess what? She has been DENIED that treatment. She has been denied that simple physical and speech therapy, by the same person who wants her to be starved.



I told her, when I visited with her, and laid hands on her and prayed with her, that she has a lot of friends around the country. That she has a lot of people who know about her, and love her, that's you. And she KNOWS that.



[Editor's note: On last week's, EWTN - Life On the Rock, Father Frank expanded on their prayer TOGETHER. He said that Terri CLOSED HER EYES during their prayer, and then she opened them back up when it was done!]



Brothers and sisters, there is another dimension, besides entreating and imploring our lawmakers to do something about this problem. And that is what the holy father speaks about in Evangelium Vitae, The Gospel of Life, which by the way this year is the 10th anniversary of this marvelous document, the gospel of life. It was issued on march 25th of 1995. And he mentions among other things, the duty of conscientious objection.



When laws, or court decrees, such as a decree to starve someone to death by not feeding them. When such decrees and decisions are issued, the Pope points out, as saint Thomas Aquinas pointed out, as scripture points out, as has been the teachings from even BEFORE Christ, that we can read about it in the OLD testament, we see the SAME theme, right along, that nobody has to obey an UNJUST law because an unjust law is not a law at all.



So a court decree that says don't feed this woman, has NO AUTHORITY!. Now a lawyer will tell you, well, you know, it has authority, because, well, that's the way that the system is setup, and this judge has this particular authority to pass this decree, and this legal guardian has the authority to decide this and decide that... NONSENSE!



I dont CARE what the SYSTEM says! There is a law HIGHER than ANY court. There is a law HIGHER than ANY decree. And a decree to let a person be STARVED - HAS - NO - authority.



Now we're at a crossroads here. Because either the people of God are going to say... well, we can ONLY pray about this, we can't do anything about it, because that's the law... OR, we're going to take matters into our own hands, in an appropriate way, and exercise what the Pope calls, conscientious objection. Because this can't happen by itself.



You see, when a judge issues a decree, somebody has to photocopy it, somebody has to transmit it, somebody has to carry it from point A to point B. And the people who are entrusted with that task MUST REFUSE to do it. There are people who actually have to have to transport, Terri or anybody else who might be subject to this kind of a decree, to the place where they're going to be starved. They have a DUTY to refuse. DON'T bring her there. Don't DO IT! Somebody has a duty to disconnect the feeding tube, and to take it into another room, to make sure nobody else comes by and reconnects it... You've got to refuse.



How much longer are we going to go along, making believe, that what's right, and what's wrong is just a matter of the abstract, or somewhere in the recesses of our minds or hearts and it doesn't really get translated into concrete reality? NO brothers and sisters.



Let me read from the holy father's words, he says "When a law is contrary to reason, it is called an unjust law", here he is quoting Thomas Aquinas, "but in this case it ceases to be a law. It becomes instead, an act of violence."



A court decree, with all the respectability that that SHOULD have... is in fact, an act of violence... if in fact it is authorizing the killing of an innocent person. And then he goes on to say... these laws and decrees quote "are completely lacking in authentic juridic validity. Consequently, a civil law of that kind, ceases to be a true morally binding civil law."



And then he goes on and quotes from Exodus, remember when the King of Egypt commanded the Hebrew mid-wives to kill the newborn? And Exodus says, "They did NOT do as the King of Egypt command them, but let the male children live. And then the Pope says, "The ultimate reason for their actions should be noted, quote, the mid-wives feared God".



They realized that someone higher was in charge here. They realized that ultimately this was a question of obeying HIM. The same thing with today's gospel. The rich man went to Hell, not because he was rich, but because he ignored the other man. Lazarus was begging at his door, Lazarus was helpless, Lazarus was depending on the fact that the rich man might understand that there was a higher law at work here. That this man, because he was in need, had a claim on the rich man's attention, and on his help. He had a claim on it. Maybe not a legal claim technically speaking; Maybe a lawyer at that time would have said, well you don't have any responsibility toward this begger at your doorstep.



Legally, you've have a clean bill of health, you don't have to worry about it. But there's a higher law. This is a brother. This is a sister. This is someone in need. And so the Pope goes on to say, about the mid-wives, who disobeyed the decree of the King, he says... "It is precisely from obedience to God, to whom ALONE is due that fear which is acknowledgment of his absolute sovereignty, that the strength and courage to RESIST unjust human laws are born. It is the strength and courage of those prepared even to be in PRISON."



Jesus Christ was in prison. St. Paul was in prison. St. Peter was in prison. The apostles were in prison for preaching in the name of Jesus. Suppose a law was issued today that said you can't preach in the name of Jesus anymore? Are you going to say, oh gee that's too bad, I was looking forward to doing more of that? Or, are you going to do it anyway? [deliberately repeating himself] Or, are you going to do it... anyway?



And that's the question I have for leaders in the church. I have the greatest respect for leaders in the church. And we owe our pastors, and Bishops obedience and loyalty... And we have to preserve the 'communio', the communion, the unity within the church, the unity of discipline. But that doesn't mean that if somebody is a coward, we have to be a coward too. It just doesn't mean that.



And I have a question... In regard for example to cases like Terri Schiavo - some people are - just not DOING anything. They're not speaking out; I have a question: What are you waiting for? Whose permission are you waiting for? In a case like this, my friends, just like with the slaughter of the unborn that goes on every day...



We don't need anybody's permission, to stand up and defend human life, or to take actions that we can to preserve human life. We don't need anybody's permission. We already have a commandment from almighty God, to help your brothers and sisters. You don't need any LEGAL permission, you don't need any CHURCH permission, you don't need any permission from ANYBODY. Its because you're a human being. And that's a human being, that the law of almighty God, demands that you act.



Now, let me conclude here, first of all, to be updated on what the situation is, there are a number of websites that have been set up, including by Terri's family. If you go to   priestsforlife.org   our website, we have an action center there that links you to all these other things... keep you up to date. Besides contacting legislators as I mentioned before, be prepared go GO to Florida. There are certain activities taking place, there are going to be prayer vigils, there are going to be public witness, there is going to be effort to put public pressure to STOP this disaster... GO if you can. But again, at PRIESTS FOR LIFE . ORG on the internet. Go there, you will see the updates, you will be kept informed, and as I say the situation changes from hour-to-hour. Go there and you will see the necessary information that you need.



And finally, I want to appeal to Michael Schiavo directly, the estranged husband of Terri:


Brothers and sisters, Abraham replied, "They have Moses and the prophets, let them listen to them". Because ultimately the rich man thought that if someone came back from the dead to warn his brothers, they would behave differently. They wouldn't. The problem was not that they didn't know what was right. The problem was that they had closed their hearts. And even if someone today came back from the dead, to tell us what to do, unless our hearts are ready and open, we wouldn't do it either. Either our hearts are ready and open to respond right now, or they wouldn't be, even if there were a miraculous sign. We need no miraculous sign, we need no permission, we already have the word of God, the teachings of Christ and the church. Let's act on them today.
Amen.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: euthanasia; fatherfrank; florida; frpavone; greer; judgegreer; michaelschiavo; pavone; priestsforlife; schiavo; terrischiavo; terrisfight; vatican
Thank God for Father Frank!

Moderator and JimRob, could we PLEASE keep this in FRONT PAGE? It deserves a place of that much prominence on the sidebar since it is so timely and F.R. has the EXCLUSIVE. I transcribed it very carefully myself. You'll find it nowhere else on the internet at this time, I believe.

And also today is the 15th anniversary of Terri's 'accident', plus the day Judge Greer and Michael may choose (at 5pm) to resume killing her!

1 posted on 02/25/2005 2:58:53 AM PST by Future Useless Eater
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To: FL_engineer
From a letter written by Terri Schiavo's father:

"That young woman is my daughter, Terri. In 1990, through circumstances which are shrouded in mystery (and may involve a criminal act by Terri's estranged husband), my daughter was left severely brain-damaged.

But before I go any further, I must put an end to the lies and misinformation that are circulating around the country through the media concerning my daughter's condition.

Contrary to anything you may have heard, Terri is NOT brain dead; Terri is NOT in a coma; she is NOT in a "persistent vegetative state;" nor is she on ANY life-support system. Terri Schiavo responds to her mother's touch.

Terri laughs, Terri cries, she moves, and she makes child-like attempts at speech with her mother and me. Sometimes she will say "Mom" or "Dad" or "yeah" when we ask her a question. When I kiss her hello or goodbye, she looks at me and "puckers up" her lips.

This may not seem like much to you, but it means everything to Terri's mother and me. It tells us she is still here, she still knows us, and with therapy and time she can have some level of recovery.

I know that there are some hard hearted people who believe that due to my daughters condition, she is better off dead. Words cannot describe the pain and anger such sentiments cause us. This is our daughter, our little girl, and even in her disabled condition, she still has the right to life and the right to be loved and cared for by her family."

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1349283/posts

2 posted on 02/25/2005 3:04:10 AM PST by ViLaLuz
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To: Wampus SC; BykrBayb; All; TAdams8591; Ohioan from Florida; tutstar; bjs1779; floriduh voter; ...

ping to a few you I think would be interested, mostly from memory...


3 posted on 02/25/2005 3:06:07 AM PST by Future Useless Eater (FreedomLoving_Engineer)
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To: FL_engineer

Thanks for the ping.


4 posted on 02/25/2005 3:10:05 AM PST by BykrBayb (5 minutes of prayer for Terri, every day at 11 am EDT, until she's safe. http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: FL_engineer

Thank you! I love Fr. Frank Pavone. He spoke powerfully on Terri during his homily.


5 posted on 02/25/2005 3:31:08 AM PST by amdgmary (Please visit www.terrisfight.org & www.theempirejournal.com)
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To: FL_engineer; floriduh voter; Ohioan from Florida; Mr. Silverback; Salvation; Kitty Mittens; cyn; ...
Heavenly Father, we return to thank You for the hearts that are turned to You this day on behalf of this mother's child ... the hour approaches, Merciful Father, when yet another decision will be made to execute this wounded woman, or not. Again we ask for that one Judge who will render justice, not because he is righteous, but because he is weary from the continual appearing of a mother and father who will not relent ... who will not be silenced. Stir the people to add their voices, and their actions, to the cries of a loving family ... turn their pleas into a mighty chorus that seeks to halt the march of the Merchants of Death ... do not let them place their deadly hands upon the door to Terri's room. Let them not gain entrance, O God ... pierce their hearts with understanding of what they plan, and may they repent. If they do not repent, may they relent ... send them away in shame that they would dare stand in Your place, for it is Your hand that holds the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:10.

This day, Heavenly Father, work in the hearts of those in authority over us ... cause them to be mindful that their authority is a trust from God ... may they use this trust wisely and well. Grant wisdom to those seeking to rework words that will protect this innocent woman, and all those who would become prey to the Merchants of Death. Expose their evil plans and deeds ... let the people recoil at the horror that is upon us ... stay this hand of evil, O God, let not this innocent woman perish. In the Name of Jesus, may it be thus ... may it be thus ... Amen ...

6 posted on 02/25/2005 3:33:40 AM PST by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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To: FL_engineer; TigersEye
You see, when a judge issues a decree, somebody has to photocopy it, somebody has to transmit it, somebody has to carry it from point A to point B. And the people who are entrusted with that task MUST REFUSE to do it. There are people who actually have to have to transport, Terri or anybody else who might be subject to this kind of a decree, to the place where they're going to be starved. They have a DUTY to refuse. DON'T bring her there. Don't DO IT! Somebody has a duty to disconnect the feeding tube, and to take it into another room, to make sure nobody else comes by and reconnects it... You've got to refuse.

This is how I will be directing my prayers: That every person along the chain of action subsequent to any immoral "legal" judgment - should such be allowed to be decreed once again in Terri's case or in any other - will simply refuse to obey. As Frank Pavone points out, this is what the Hebrew midwives did, and the Scriptures relate how they were preserved and protected and blessed because they obeyed the Righteousness of God, not the decree of the unjust ruler.

I love Frank Pavone's words to Michael: Amen!

Thank you Freedom Loving Engineer for this great post, and thank you for the great links concerning Terri and her fight on your homepage.

Governor Jeb Bush
(850) 488-4441
jeb.bush@myflorida.com

Senate President Tom Lee
Tallahassee: (850) 487-5072
District Office: (813) 744-8683
E-mail: lee.tom.web@flsenate.gov

Speaker of the House Allan G. Bense
Tallahassee: (850) 488-1450
District Office: (850) 914-6300
E-mail: speaker@myfloridahouse.gov

President George W. Bush
(202) 456-1111
president@whitehouse.gov


7 posted on 02/25/2005 3:34:31 AM PST by .30Carbine (Psalm 27:12)
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To: FL_engineer

bttt


8 posted on 02/25/2005 3:38:22 AM PST by trisham
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Documented Terri-vocabulary references
Words Witness
"mommy"
"momma"
"help me"
nurse - Heidi Law, certified nurse assistant
"pay"     (meaning 'pain'
                when she was in discomfort)
'Haaaiiiii'   (meaning Hi,
                in response to 'Hi Terri')
'mommy'
'help me'
Nurse - Carla Sauer Iyer, R.N.

"'Help me' was, in fact, one of her most frequent
utterances. I heard her say it hundreds of times."
"stop"   (in response to one medical
                procedure being done on her)
Terri's MediPlex records
"ugh-hugh" (meaning yes)
"ugh-ugh" (meaning no)
"yea"
"No"
family members.

'yea' was a word she reportedly first re-learned to speak in 2002.


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9 posted on 02/25/2005 3:43:48 AM PST by Future Useless Eater (FreedomLoving_Engineer)
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To: FL_engineer; Saundra Duffy; Alamo-Girl; Brad's Gramma; Texas Termite; TexasCowboy; ohioWfan; ...
A day of fervent prayer for this mother's child ... for those who would murder her ... for our beloved Country ...
10 posted on 02/25/2005 3:46:20 AM PST by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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To: Pegita

Prayerful thoughts for Terri ...


11 posted on 02/25/2005 4:55:14 AM PST by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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To: FL_engineer

ProLife Ping


12 posted on 02/25/2005 5:09:52 AM PST by AliVeritas
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To: FL_engineer

life


13 posted on 02/25/2005 5:39:01 AM PST by PGalt
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To: FL_engineer; All
printed for later reading. thank you -- I trust this will be spot-on.

***

I read something today about a manual the US publishes on overthrowing dictatorships. Among the instructions are the following:

"...tips on hunger strikes and civil disobedience."

Sometimes our civil government behaves like a dictatorship. Sometimes, then, civil disobedience is warranted. If not now, when?

A hunger strike on Terry's behalf? An interesting concept.

14 posted on 02/25/2005 5:47:34 AM PST by the invisib1e hand ("remember, from ashes you came, to ashes you will return.")
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To: FL_engineer
And then he goes on and quotes from Exodus, remember when the King of Egypt commanded the Hebrew mid-wives to kill the newborn? And Exodus says, "They did NOT do as the King of Egypt command them, but let the male children live. And then the Pope says, "The ultimate reason for their actions should be noted, quote, the mid-wives feared God".

Shiphra and Puah. I once heard a sermon about these original pro-lifers. My heroes!

15 posted on 02/25/2005 6:24:15 AM PST by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: FL_engineer
"My hands are tied," is about as valid as "My hands are washed."

Quoting myself---for a good cause :) from here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1350669/posts?page=36#36

16 posted on 02/25/2005 6:28:08 AM PST by Graymatter (There are times when the Rule of Law needs an override.)
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To: FL_engineer
And even if someone today came back from the dead, to tell us what to do, unless our hearts are ready and open, we wouldn't do it either. Either our hearts are ready and open to respond right now, or they

How right Jesus is!!! Recently there have been people recovering from comas, yet those with hardened hearts will not listen.

17 posted on 02/25/2005 6:29:37 AM PST by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: FL_engineer

"I dont CARE what the SYSTEM says! There is a law HIGHER than ANY court. There is a law HIGHER than ANY decree. And a decree to let a person be STARVED - HAS - NO - authority."

Thank you, Father Frank!

Thanks for the ping, FL_engineer!


18 posted on 02/25/2005 6:33:04 AM PST by windchime (Hillary: "I've always been a preying person")
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To: windchime

+ May the end of this day find this mother's child safe ...


19 posted on 02/25/2005 6:37:09 AM PST by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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To: Pegita
BREAKING!!! Can I get confirmation? I called Senate Orrin Hatch's aide this morning in DC and he told me that this morning, Terri was given an additional one week's STAY. (why does Orrin Hatch's office know something that nobody else knows?) My www.sptimes.com had a headline that read "Humbled lawmakers say court is final Judge" Metro & State Section.

It would be nice if someone would tell Floridians what was going on. THE QUOTE BY DANIEL WEBSTER made me sick. "The Court has come up with much better solutions than we have so far." Daniel Webster who we thought was for justice.

20 posted on 02/25/2005 6:54:28 AM PST by floriduh voter (PRIMO TERRI NEWS www.theempirejournal.com Send everybody there!!!)
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To: Pegita

Bump!


21 posted on 02/25/2005 6:56:55 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: FL_engineer
BREAKING FRIDAY 2-25-05 at 9:30 am est!!! Can I get confirmation? I called Senate Orrin Hatch's aide this morning in DC and he told me that this morning, Terri was given an additional one week's STAY. (why does Orrin Hatch's office know something that nobody else knows?) My www.sptimes.com had a headline that read "Humbled lawmakers say court is final Judge" Metro & State Section.

It would be nice if someone would tell Floridians what was going on. THE QUOTE BY DANIEL WEBSTER made me sick. "The Court has come up with much better solutions than we have so far." Daniel Webster who we thought was for justice. By the way DANIEL WEBSTER'S PHONE LINE IS SWAMPED. I called to complain about his HORRID QUOTE. Did the death lobby wear him down???

22 posted on 02/25/2005 7:02:18 AM PST by floriduh voter (PRIMO TERRI NEWS www.theempirejournal.com Send everybody there!!!)
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To: floriduh voter

970 WFLA has nothing about a one week's stay.

http://www.970wfla.com/fla_localstory.html?ID=20050225072558

If Webster's quote is in the St.Pete Times.......it needs confirmation/clarification from another source.


23 posted on 02/25/2005 7:09:33 AM PST by windchime (Hillary: "I've always been a preying person")
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To: floriduh voter

BTTT


24 posted on 02/25/2005 7:13:40 AM PST by freepertoo
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To: FL_engineer
We don't need anybody's permission, to stand up and defend human life, or to take actions that we can to preserve human life. We don't need anybody's permission. We already have a commandment from almighty God, to help your brothers and sisters. You don't need any LEGAL permission, you don't need any CHURCH permission, you don't need any permission from ANYBODY. Its because you're a human being. And that's a human being, that the law of almighty God, demands that you act.

Sounds like he is advocating direct action to save her. But also heard the Schiavo camp and hospice have hired a bunch of burly off-duty police officers to prevent anyone from taking action. A nasty confrontation is building if Judge Greer says "take out the tube" and then goes home for the weekend. Hope Jeb has a contingency plan to protect both her life and public order.

25 posted on 02/25/2005 7:15:30 AM PST by CedarDave (Democrats don't speak -- they rant!)
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To: FL_engineer

I wrote all the government officials that I could think of. Thanks for this post. Previously, I had done nothing. I guess late is better than never.


26 posted on 02/25/2005 7:34:23 AM PST by KansasConservative1
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To: KansasConservative1

Thank you for writing...it's not too late to write or call right now...this isn't over yet.


27 posted on 02/25/2005 7:46:39 AM PST by freepertoo
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To: KansasConservative1; freepertoo

In Terri's own words ... "where there's life, there's hope." Amen ...


28 posted on 02/25/2005 7:51:11 AM PST by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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To: Pegita

+ Praying ...


29 posted on 02/25/2005 8:39:37 AM PST by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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To: FL_engineer
Outstanding post, FL!

Greers decree to starve Terri, HAS NO AUTHORITY. People should REFUSE TO COMPLY!

30 posted on 02/25/2005 9:02:23 AM PST by TAdams8591 (The call you make may be the one that saves Terri's life!!!!!!)
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To: floriduh voter

Wonderful if TRUE. Interesting. How would HATCH know?


31 posted on 02/25/2005 9:04:55 AM PST by TAdams8591 (The call you make may be the one that saves Terri's life!!!!!!)
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To: TAdams8591
Here's a NEW freeper created Terri Message Thread at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California:

http://bbs.crystalcathedral.org/ubb/Forum2/HTML/001904.html

Please join this forum and help save Terri! Thanks, FV

32 posted on 02/25/2005 10:06:21 AM PST by floriduh voter (PRIMO TERRI NEWS www.theempirejournal.com Send everybody there!!!)
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To: FL_engineer

Fantastic!!!


Thank you, Fr. Frank!!!

And thank you, FL_Engineer, for your outstanding work in transcribing this wonderful homily. What would Free Republic be without you?


33 posted on 02/25/2005 10:13:08 AM PST by Deo volente (God willing, Terri Schiavo will live.)
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To: FL_engineer

A terrific job, as usual! I have an appointment, so I'll read it more thoroughly later.

I love Fr. Frank! His words to Michael are SO RIGHT and GODLY. Will Michael listen? Even if one should rise from the dead to give him the message? Fr. Frank hit the nail on the head with that!


34 posted on 02/25/2005 10:31:33 AM PST by Lauren BaRecall (Can Michael's award for "lack of consortium" be pro rated?)
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To: FL_engineer

Thank you for the ping. She and her family are in my prayers.


35 posted on 02/25/2005 11:03:36 AM PST by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: FL_engineer

Wonderful homily! If it goes to the U.S. Supreme Court, I wish Father Frank could speak on Terri's behalf.


36 posted on 02/25/2005 11:22:16 AM PST by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: FL_engineer; Pegita
FL Engineer, Thank you for the Ping! His Homily was Wonderful!

Amen and Amen to your Powerful Prayer, sister Pegita!

37 posted on 02/25/2005 1:16:47 PM PST by Kitty Mittens
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To: Pegita

Our prayers are being said for Terri and her parents.

Logan, Beth & Nana


38 posted on 02/25/2005 3:29:50 PM PST by Texas Termite (Anytime is Prayer time!)
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To: Texas Termite; Kitty Mittens
Thank you for your prayers, precious ones ... may the Lord yet rescue this mother's child from the grip of evil ...
39 posted on 02/25/2005 4:28:16 PM PST by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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To: Mr. Silverback; NYer

FYI......... PING to Fr. Frank's homily!


40 posted on 02/25/2005 8:46:34 PM PST by JulieRNR21 (Memo to MSM: Free Republic is a forum; not a blog!)
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To: FL_engineer
"ping to a few you I think would be interested, mostly from memory..."

Thanks for remembering me :) Sorry for the delay seeing this.

Father Frank is amazing! And he's right. Sometimes it's a duty to disobey. When obeying God's law and obeying man's law conflict, choose God every time.

I'm really just bumping the thread, so I'll do so by repeating some qutes from Frank worth repeating.



Our legal system is broken. The court system is broken, and it is time to fix it. And when the laws, and the courts, and the system in place in this country, or in any other country, that has as its primary purpose the protection of life, the protection of its citizens, NO LONGER achieves that goal, then it is the duty of you, the people, to RISE UP and to change this situation.
...
I dont CARE what the SYSTEM says! There is a law HIGHER than ANY court. There is a law HIGHER than ANY decree. And a decree to let a person be STARVED - HAS - NO - authority.
...

41 posted on 02/26/2005 1:07:26 PM PST by Wampus SC
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To: 2nd amendment mama; A2J; Agitate; Alouette; Annie03; aposiopetic; attagirl; axel f; Balto_Boy; ...
God bless Frank Pavone. That hammer of his hits it right on the head every time.

ProLife Ping!

If anyone wants on or off my ProLife Ping List, please notify me here or by freepmail.

42 posted on 02/26/2005 1:39:34 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin' out over the line)
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To: FL_engineer

Follow links to Priests for Life site. There is a flyer. We are copying it to pass out after Mass today.


43 posted on 02/27/2005 6:17:17 AM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor.)
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To: FL_engineer
Bump. Excellent post.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are
created equal, that they are endowed by their
Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among
these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted
among Men, deriving their just powers from
the consent of the governed, --That whenever any
Form of Government becomes destructive of these
ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish
it, and to institute new Government, laying its
foundation on such principles and organizing its
powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to
effect their Safety and Happiness.

44 posted on 02/27/2005 6:35:46 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Constitution or bust)
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To: FL_engineer; NYer; Salvation; Coleus

Just got this from my friend that lives/works in Terri's area. It's late but may be of interst. Please PING y'alls lists.

Touring statue of Our Lady of Fatima at Hospice tonight
To:


Sorry for the late notice but I just wanted to let everyone know this....it should be a an awesome event tonight! If you are outside of Fl you can still be there with us in prayer !! Our Lady of Fatima's touring statue has also been reported to weep on several occassions. Pray with us at 7:00Pm tonight if you are able...
Much love in Christ,
Debi



Dear Friends,

Sunday evening the Pilgrim Virgin statue of Fatima will be at the Woodside Hospice at 7 pm. This is the statue commissioned by the Bishop of Fatima October 13, 1947 to travel the world.

We will be having a candlelight prayer service and rosary. Please arrive a little before 7pm and bring your rosary and a candle. (Battery operated candles would be wonderful for the children so they can participate also)

Here is a brief history of the Pilgrim statue through which God has worked great miracles throughout the world:

The history of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue begins in 1946. At that time, after the youth of Portugal attended a Congress in Fatima, they took the Statue from display in the Cova on pilgrimage to Lisbon. As they walked the route they stopped at the towns and people gathered to pray. In Lisbon when they entered the cathedral, the miracle of doves occurred. Many other phenomena also occurred inspiring devotion and inspiring the fervor among the people.

The statue was returned to its place in the Cova de Iria but many people wished for a visit in their own communities. The Bishop asked Sr. Lucia in a letter about sending the statue on tour. Sr. Lucia responded with a
letter suggesting that the new statue, just then being made, by the famous sculptor Jose Thedim be used as a pilgrim statue. The Bishop agreed and, on May 13, 1947, this new statue was blessed and named the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

Almost before it began its journey, so many places wanted her visit that it was realized a second statue should also be blessed. This second statue, made also by Jose Thedim, was completed and blessed by the Bishop of Fatima on October 13, 1947 (Exactly 30 years to the day after the
great miracle of the sun which was to draw the world's attention to Mary's message.)

This second statue was en route from Palm Beach to Minnesota and it will be here for our prayers on Sunday. Please come and invite others by:
passing along this e-mail, announcements at church, or phone calls.

We pray Our Lady of Fatima will intercede for Terri, our court system, and our legislature.


In Christ,
Chris


45 posted on 02/28/2005 9:14:30 AM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of The Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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