Posted by: fvbcdm | July 13, 2012

Feast of Saint Henry (13 July 2012)

In today’s newspaper, we find that a lethal avalanche has taken place in the high Alps of France and that it has killed some thirty mountain climbers there in the vicinity of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain of Europe.  Then, in the same sad kind of news, we may be aware that one of the princes of the royal house of Holland is lying comatose in a hospital in London after being victimized by an avalanche last February in the Alps of Austria, and now, five months later, he shows very little hope of ever regaining consciousness or the ability to lead a normal life.  He has a wife and two little daughters.  

In the one case, a young man is deprived of most of the activities of human life and left in a vegetative condition.  In the other, about thirty people are killed outright.  And why? Because they were in the midst of “having a good time” in the snowfields of the high mountains, and were engulfed by tons of falling ice and snow.  Is that kind of sport justified morally?  I leave that question to the deliberations of others. I am no athlete, and have never sympathized with any sport more dangerous than golf.   But I bring this up today because it speaks to us of the value of LIFE.   Our Divine Lord tells us that he  came that we might have LIFE and have it more abundantly.  We must value our physical life, and even more our spiritual life.  Thus, we have the obligation to care for our physical life and not expose it to useless dangers.  And even more to care for our spiritual lives, and not to “lead ourselves into temptation.”  Our friendship with God is our greatest asset.  Let us think of this often and make it the basis of all our activities, our aspirations, our plans.   Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.


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