Homeless Man Speaks on Assisted Suicide


I just asked a homeless man what he thinks of the proposal for assisted suicide.


Who in his situation would not complain that his situation is 'intolerable'?

His dad has just died, he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he has collapsed two days in a row, been in hospital and now dislocated his arm, a dislocation that causes him considerable pain for which he has been given pain relief tablets.

Despite this, he is in pain and will likely not get much sleep.

He has been told that if the operation he is to receive does not clear the pancreatic cancer then it will almost certainly be terminal. He is due a scan on Friday.

He sleeps in a loading bay that smells of urine and now fresh paint coming from a studio
inside the building.

At night he has no access to basic sanitation or toilet facilities. He has to go to the toilet outside.

He has befriended a small rat or mouse that 'comes and sees me' every night.

He has been told by Brighton and Hove City Council they have no 'duty of care' for him because he has come down from another region of the country, since being subjected to harassment by neighbours.

If he sleeps rough for six months, then they will, possibly, reconsider his application, but by then it will be winter.

He gets woken up by the businesses unloading their goods at 2am.
He gets asked to 'move along' because he is 'in the way'.

The police and PCSOs come and tell him to 'move on', they treat him with scorn and I expect they remove alcohol from him on a regular basis because 'street-drinking' is forbidden in Brighton
(due to a local bye-law curiously neglected by authorities on certain local 'carnival' days).

He has nothing, nothing but the bag in which his sleeping bag is contained and the clothes he stands in, but what he does have money cannot buy.

Despite the sad fact that by all rights dogs are afforded a higher measure of dignity than this man...

He said: "Assisted suicide? I would not even contemplate it."


I asked, "Why?"


He said: "Because I've got the Lord Jesus Christ in my heart."

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If only the House of Lords would answer Lord Charles Falconer in like manner.

PRAY FOR 'HENRY' 


AND

PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE AUTHORITY TO REJECT THE FALCONER 
'ASSISTED DYING' BILL.

I asked him what name he would like to be given as an alias, since he does not want to be identified. He said, "Henry". 

It just so happens to be the Vigil of the Feast of St Henry II the King tonight, but only in the Traditional Calendar.

Comments

viterbo said…
He said: "Assisted suicide? I would not even contemplate it."

I asked, "Why?"

He said: "Because I've got the Lord Jesus Christ in my heart."

If only the House of Lords would answer Lord Charles Falconer in like manner.

Maybe they want to put people down who are most likely to be saying things like the above. What a witness.
Gertrude said…
What a powerful witness to Our Blessed Lord. Is there no-one who can help him. Perhaps Macmillan can? They frequently advertise (in this area) "if you need help - contact us", and this dear soul obviously needs all the help he can get. Also what about SVP? Surely someone will care enough to help.