Saturday, April 16, 2005

I Was In Philadelphia Yesterday

Last night, Friday April 15, I was in Philadelphia, for a Memorial Mass for Terri Schindler Schiavo. Terri and the Schindlers are originally from the Philadelphia area, and still have many family and friends there.

The Mass was held at Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Southhampton, which is the parish in which Terri grew up. The Schindlers were there, as well as long-time Schindler friend Msgr. Ted Malanowski. Fr. Frank Pavone was also there, and I was honored to meet him for the first time.

Several of Terri's old friends offered remembrances of her at the end of Mass, and they were quite moving. It is amazing how this woman, who could not speak for the last 15 years, nonetheless touched the whole world.

Fr. Pavone also spoke powerfully, at the reception following Mass. He concluded by saying that Terri's death "is not the end of Terri's fight, it is the beginning of a new chapter! Death wll not have the last word!"

Indeed, it will not. Neither for Terri, nor for the rest of us.

As I'm Sure Most of You Know by Now...

Mae Magouirk is in the hospital, receiving re-hydration therapy and treatment for her heart condition.

I spoke to Ken Mullinax, Mae's nephew, on the phone yesterday, and he's very grateful for the outpouring of support and assistance from pro-life bloggers and our readers.

Ken's mother and uncle, who are Mae's sister and brother, are now being allowed to visit Mae, and obviously they are very grateful for that. Mae is recuperating, is lucid, and able to speak in complete sentences. Ken hopes to arrange some sort of joint guardianship for Mae, as he believes that Beth Gaddy and her brother, who are Mae's grandchildren, have shown themselves unfit to retain sole guardianship. He is also concerned that they are not disinterested parties, as they are the beneficiaries of Mae's will.

Keeping checking Blogs For Terri for further updates.

Sorry For the Silence

I'm sorry to have been away for so long. I've been travelling for the past week or so, and I simply haven't had time to keep up on my blog - not to mention the fact that my laptop, which I thought was working properly again, now seems once more to be guasto, as the Italians would say.

Anyway, I'll try to have some more stuff up during the coming week.