Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Selfie Generation

A message to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year old with terminal brain cancer who is seeking assisted suicide: work while there is light.

As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. - John 9:4

Keep working. Quit your foolishness.

Makes us think of the vast gulf between the Greatest Generation and the Selfie-Generation.

Take the example of Lt. Rev. Thomas M. Conway, the last Chaplain to die in WWII. Although he knew night was coming, he worked until the end.

Fr. Conway was aboard the USS Indianapolis which was torpedoed by the Japanese in the final days of the War in the Pacific. For three days he gave courage and hope to the survivors floating in the Pacific Ocean amidst the burning oil and sharks.
" ... I saw him go from one small group to another. Getting the shipmates to join in prayer and asking them not to give up hope of being rescued. He kept working until he was exhausted. I remember on the third day late in the afternoon when he approached me and Paul McGiness. He was thrashing the water and Paul and I held him so he could rest a few hours. Later, he managed to get away from us and we never saw him again. Father Conway was successful in his mission to provide spiritual strength to all of us. He made us believe that we would be rescued. He gave us hope and the will to endure. His work was exhausting and he finally succumbed in the evening of the third day. He will be remembered by all of the survivors for all of his work while on board the ‘Indy’ and especially three days in the ocean.”
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