Gus talks about the story of Brittany Maynard. She’s a 29-year-old woman diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last year and was given 14 months to live. She has decided to end her life on November 1st, through physician-assisted suicide. She will be taking a drug called secobarbital. Gus uses this as an opportunity to discuss the Catholic teaching called “redemptive suffering,” which is a belief that human suffering, when accepted and offered up in union with the Passion of Jesus, can remit the just punishment for one’s sins or for the sins of another, or for the other physical or spiritual needs of oneself or another. He then asks listeners to call in who’ve either experienced this personally or through a loved one who passed away.
Gus also reads the text from Pope Francis’ speech at the Synod of the Family and gives his thoughts on it.