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…in his work Ethics.
…it was Nazi policy at the time to put chronically and mentally ill person to death. This was done on personal orders from Hitler, and was terribly confusing and disturbing to the German people. If a disabled family member had been placed in an institution, and soon afterwards the news arrived that the person died suddenly of pneumonia, those who received such messages found it hard to believe them. Rumours soon began to circulate that such such people were being murdered by their doctors…
…Bonhoeffer found euthanasia in any form reprehensible, with the exception of cases in which a person of completely sound mind clearly expressed the wish to die. But, in order to avoid any chance of being misinterpreted, he treated this problem under the heading of suicide.
“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.”
By Ken Sande, President
Since studying it, God has given some of us major homework on this topic. Take last night for example.
He (Bonhoeffer) was not completely unknown to his hosts (at the Ettal Abbey), as the abbot and some of the monks had read Life Together and wanted to discuss it with him. At mealtimes, silence was observed while a monk read aloud, during the Christmas season, the readings were from Discipleship.
The Benedictines of Ettal were opposed to Nazism. One of them, Father Johannes, maintained a close contact with the conspirators. So Bonhoeffer would be in surroundings in which he would not have to become involved in conversations with people he did not know. Though he was good at finding his way quickly in changed situations, his new duties were unfamiliar and he needed some quiet in order to prepare for them. As for his theological work, there was no better place than the monastery, with its sizable library. At night he would not be disturbed by air raid sirens, and no would ask out of curiosity what a healthy man was doing out of uniform in Munich in the middle of a war. There were eventually some questions asked, even in the little town of Ettal, but the monks knew how to handle them.
Comfort said, “The movie is unique in that it shows eight people who are adamantly pro-abortion, changing their minds and becoming pro-life–in a matter of seconds, simply because they were asked one question. It’s a little over six months since the release date, and babies are now being born that have been saved by the movie. A woman was on Santa Monica pier back in October, was secretly pregnant, very distressed, and considering having an abortion. She was given a DVD, watched 180 in her car, burst into tears and decided to keep her child.
Colson was speaking at a Colson Center conference when he was overcome by dizziness. Quickly surrounded by friends and staff, Colson was sent to the Fairfax Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. On March 31, he underwent two hours of surgery to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain. He died of complications from the surgery.
Special counsel to President Richard Nixon, Colson was involved in the Watergate scandal which led to Nixon’s resignation. Known as Nixon’s “hatchet man,” Colson also served on the president’s re-election committee, CBS said, attempted to steal information from the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate.
After pleading guilty to obstruction of justice, Colson served seven months of a one-to-three year prison sentence.
But Colson became a born-again Christian before being sentenced, and after he was released, he founded the Prison Fellowship. The non-profit organization conducts outreach to prisoners to “through the power and truth of Jesus Christ”.
Jim Liske, chief executive officer of Prison Fellowship, said that Colson met with top elected officials and leaders but “would rather be in prison embracing an inmate.”
The former prisoner wrote more than 30 books on religion and faith, and consistently advocated on behalf of conservative policies. President George W. Bush gave Colson the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2008.
In recognition of his work among prisoners, Colson received the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1993, donating the $1 million prize to Prison Fellowship.
The Colson family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Charles Colson Legacy Fund. Condolence cards may be sent to Prison Fellowship Ministries, 44180 Riverside Parkway, Lansdowne, VA 20176.
CBS said Colson is survived by his wife Patty, three children and five grandchildren.