Fr. Pavone: Terri Schiavo's Room was
"Thick" with Prayers and Thoughts of Supporters
"Terri Schiavo Would not Have Been Killed
Unless Millions of Unborn Had Been Killed First"
By John-Henry Westen
OTTAWA, May 15, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com)
- Priests for Life Director Fr. Frank Pavone gave a moving address at the annual
Rose Dinner of the Canadian March for Life last Thursday. Recalling that
he was with
Terri Schiavo until approximately five
minutes before her death, Fr. Pavone revealed details of his experiences.
The priest recalled that he had regular access
to Terri in the hospital and that she was in no way dying prior to her imposed
death by starvation. "She was very responsive to me, she closed her eyes
when I prayed with her she opened her eyes at the end of the prayer, she laughed
at jokes, she returned the kisses of people who kissed her."
Recalling Terri's last moments Fr. Pavone said
that as she lay dying, having not had even a sip of water in over two weeks, he
put his hand on her forehead and when he moved his hand a little he touched a
vase of flowers filled with water.
"Do you know that police officers were
standing over that bed at every moment, every moment - armed police officers -
making sure we didn't dip our hands in that water and put it on her tongue," he
said vehemently, vividly recalling the scene. "Armed police officers enforcing
the culture of death."
The head of Priests for Life added, "I was
asked what if felt like to be in that room . . . It was the same feeling
I've had every time I've stood in front of an abortion facility."
He said passionately, "She would not have been
killed if tens of millions of unborn children had not been killed first.
Protection would not have been taken away from her if it were not taken away
from them first."
And he urged pro-life activists to continue
the battle for life, realizing that the victory has already been won by Christ
who has conquered death.
As to Terri, he said, "I assured her of your
prayers . . . You were there in that room, you could cut the air with a knife,
so palpable were your prayers and your concern and your thoughts and the love of
the whole pro-life movement . . . you were there and we told Terri you
were there . . . and we prayed and we sat in silence . . ."
Fr. Pavone ended his talk by singing the
joyful Latin Easter Proclamation which he sang to Terri and which is sung in
Catholic Church's every Easter Sunday and proclaims Christ's victory in "the
awesome struggle between life and death." He said that proclamation was
"some of the last sounds heard by Terri this side of Heaven". There were few dry
eyes in the hall after Pavone's haunting and beautifully sung rendition of the
Victime Paschale Laudes.
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