March 31st marks the anniversary of the death of Terri Shindler Schiavo. Living with a brain injury, yet otherwise a healthy woman, Terri's food and hydration were withheld by court order at the request of her husband, who did not want to continue her medical care. Schiavo’s case has since brought awareness worldwide and shined a spotlight on the need for a strong-voice on behalf of the medically vulnerable.
In memory of Terri's witness to life and to serve as an opportunity to pray for all our medically vulnerable brothers and sisters, all are invited to “Terri's Day Memorial Mass and Tribute for Life Celebration” in Philadelphia, PA. to be held March 31st, 2016.
Support of the event sponsored by the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network goes toward projects protecting the rights of the medically vulnerable. Find more information about this event and register here:
For those unable to attend, consider supporting the work of Terri’s cause through prayer. Currently, there is a movement for the Cause of Terri’s canonization.
The process of documenting the life and virtues of a holy man or woman cannot begin until 5 years after death. This waiting period insures that the person has an enduring reputation for sanctity among the faithful. It can be waived by the Supreme Pontiff, and has been done on two occasions.
After the five years have concluded, or earlier if all or some of the period is waived, the Bishop of the diocese in which the individual died can petition the Holy See to allow the initialization of a Cause for Beatification and Canonization. If there is no objection by the Roman Dicasteries, in particular the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the permission, or nihil obstat (nothing stands in the way), is communicated to the initiating Bishop. Once a Cause has begun, the individual is called a Servant of God.
During this first phase the Postulation established by the diocese, or religious institute (there are three phases altogether), to promote the Cause must gather testimony about the life and virtues of the Servant of God. Also, the public and private writings must be collected and examined. This documentary phase of the process can take many years and concludes with the judgment of a diocesan tribunal, and the ultimate decision of the bishop, that the heroic virtues of the Servant of God have or have not been demonstrated. The results, along with the bound volumes of documentation, or Acta (Acts), are communicated to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.*
This is where your prayers and testimony will be needed. Taking into consideration her sacrifice and life, please consider remembering Terri in your prayers, and don’t hesitate to consider asking her to intercede on your behalf for your personal needs and causes as well. Those who experience miracles through the intercession of Terri Schiavo are encouraged to submit their testimony. Below is a link with contact information to submit testimony and a printable prayer card that can be used. Terri’s supporters of this Cause thank you in advance.