President Barack Obama speaks at the Catholic Health Association’s annual conference on June 9 in Washington, D.C.
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Amen!!! Health care is not solely the responsibility of the State or Federal Government! The Catholic Church has been and will always be in the “business” of healthcare, but she shouldn’t deluge herself with secular reasoning in order to continue the care that is distinctly hers. No government institution is capable of the care that The Church provides. Caring for our neighbor is the core of healthcare.
As Christ says Matthew 5:13-16:
“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.*14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.15 Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.16 Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
If we are salt and light, we can neither afford to lose our taste or hide under a bushel, lest we become good for nothing. Healthcare without care for the soul is akin to, as St Paul says, the gift of prophecy or knowledge, without LOVE. This is exactly what true LOVE is all about. We cannot truly heal, without healing the Whole Person. Healing not only the physical body, but saving the soul!