On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we listen attentively to the words of the prophet Isaiah, to the dream of Joseph and the promise of the eternal God that takes flesh in the womb of the Virgin.
In his very moving homily for the Inauguration of his Petrine Ministry as Bishop of Rome on April 24, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI spoke these words:
The Advent season in its liturgical observance is devoted to the coming of God at the end of history when Jesus shall reign as king.
It is all but impossible to discuss the multi-dimensional aspects of assisted suicide and euthanasia without a discussion of suffering. Suffering is the underlying factor around which the discussion on euthanasia ultimately takes place.