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Respecting life in all its stages

By Darcy L. Fargo

Darcy Fargo

October 10, 2018

As a relatively young, relatively healthy woman, I can’t say that I spent much time reflecting on the impact of prolonged illness or aging.

Then I got hurt.

As part of my ongoing recovery, there was about a 20-day period in which I was largely confined to my couch. I could walk only with assistance. I couldn’t drive.

Though I was in a significant amount of pain, it struck me that the physical pain was not the hardest part of the experience. The pain and isolation combined to wreak havoc with my emotional and spiritual wellbeing. That’s been the hard part.

That experience caused me to reflect on those in our midst who are homebound or dealing with prolonged illnesses. While these people obviously retain the dignity afforded to them as humans made in the image and likeness of a loving God, I know I don’t do enough to show them that they are also valued and loved.
I hope to do better in the future.

Life is beautiful and valuable in all its stages – from conception until natural death. As Catholics, it’s important that we show love and respect to life and those who live it. May we all remember those who need us to fight on their behalf and those who need our kindness.

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