Lent and the Value of Life

A week or so ago I watched some snowboarders flying across the ice on Lake Leelanau holding on to a line affixed to a kite. Wow what fun it must be to sail at those speeds. The wind, the exhilarating speed, the thrill of the challenge was so intriguing that I really wanted to try it myself. Because my brother lives near a lake, I asked him where I might be able to get the equipment. He knew right away of someone who was selling some…unfortunately because he had caught a gust of wind that took him several feet up in the air and then dropped him in a pile on the ice. It apparently is not quite as soft as landing on water in its liquid state. Oow, that must smart! I decided that perhaps I should hold off on any purchases at the moment.


Most of us feel invincible at some time in our life. Usually it is when we are young, healthy, and before any calamity drops us in our tracks. Even when we hear of someone dying, we still seem to feel that such an end just doesn’t apply to us. Even someone else’s accident may not convince us of our own vulnerability.

We are all familiar with the words ‘thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return’ used on Ash Wednesday as the priest makes a sign of the cross on the foreheads of the congregation. Another option is taken from the Gospel of Mark that is noted in today’s Lenten reading, ‘repent and believe in the gospel’. Both versions are intended to catch our attention so we can realize the fragile nature of life and the great need we have to attend to spiritual matters before the end of life takes us off guard. As I was making the sign of the cross on foreheads with ashes, I couldn’t help to reflect on another version that was given by my five year old granddaughter on Tuesday evening when she looked at me and said, ‘grandpa, your teeth are going to fall out and you are going to die’. Perhaps it was not as diplomatic as the ‘thou art dust’ version, but definitely more likely to grab one’s attention as it did mine.

Jesus knew of our vulnerable nature as He preached His Kingdom message while healing the lives of the fragile humans He encountered everywhere He went. He was one of us and knew that even Lazarus would one day die again. Yet He persisted in His mission; healing and loving. He constantly demonstrated by His persistence that we were worth the effort and every ounce of His strength because He had made us in His own image. Yes we were made fragile by sin but could be immortal with Him forever. The value He placed on life was infinite.

Deacon Doug Wigton

Deacon Doug Wigton to be interviewed on Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo

Please help spread the word that our own Deacon Doug Wigton will be interviewed by Teresa Tomeo on the Catholic Connection radio show this coming Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 8:35am!

Deacon Doug is the principle coordinator of a presentation RESPECT LIFE of the Diocese of Gaylord is hosting at Christ the King Church in Acme, MI on November 24th. The presentation will focus on a youtube video created by The Sisters of the Children of Mary titled “You Deserve to Know the Truth…about contraception.”

Deacon Douglas Wigton, DO, the father of ten children, two of whom are priests of the Diocese of Gaylord: Fathers Matthew Wigton and Peter Wigton. Deacon Wigton is a knowledgeable and gifted man who also serves as an organist and cantor, as needed. But mainly, he is a humble and holy man able to present the Truth in a delightfully simple and clearly articulate way.

Please visit the web site www.avemariaradio.net to find a radio station in your area or listen to it live from the internet by clicking on the orange “Listen Live” box in the upper right corner.

An audio recorded version may also be available afterward from
www.avemariaradio.net/catholic-connection to listen to the interview.

Links Added

We’ve added links to our Links Page for documents and instruction on Respect for Human Life.

Dignitas Personae (The Dignity of a Person) 2008 – An Instruction from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on ethical issues arising from biomedical research, provides guidance on how to respect human life and human procreation in our heavily scientific age. Dignitas Personae is considered a “sequel” to Donum Vitae, both by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Gift of Life (Donum Vitae) 1987 – Instruction on Respect for Human Life In its Origin and the Dignity of Procreation: Replies to Certain Questions of the Day