It is now Friday night, the eighth day that Terri Schiavo has been deprived of food and water. She is going to die because her husband has an irrevocable power of death over her that has been sustained by the courts, on both the state and federal levels.
The amazing irony is that Terri may very well pass on Easter Sunday, the day that Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. This irony will be lost on the "right-to-diers" who disavow the social relevance of God's Kingdom in the present age. Terri will die, but she will be raised to be with Jesus.
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years."
What a high honor Terri has been granted! She has been given the opportunity to be a martyr for the cause of life itself. Her frail life has become the focal point of a titanic struggle between two cities, two cultures, the culture of death and the culture of life.
The reality of this conflict cannot be obscured by the cynicism of the American populace. About two-thirds in an ABC News poll said the political leaders who are trying to keep Terri alive are more concerned with using her case for political advantage than with her or the principles involved in keeping her alive. Such a read on the intentions of the last minute efforts of Congress and our President to save her arises from a jaded worldview that is incapable of attributing virtuous motives to anyone. It is nihilism.
Despite the best efforts of the Enemy of life, Terri will live. And her perserverance and martyrdom will be a banner and insignia which will rally to itself a great army for the cause of the holy innocents.
"Verily, verily I say unto you, unless a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit."