On this feast of the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne, I’d like to recycle the blog post you will find here. This week will see the second reading of Lord Falconer’s Bill on Assisted Dying, and I think we need the kind of clarity of vision, firmness of purpose and, above all, the fidelity displayed by the Carmelite nuns in the face of Robespierre’s Terror. Many who have argued in favour of the bill do not seem to have read through its clauses or thought about its implications. Some of those who have argued against the bill seem not to have grasped the reality of others’ fears. May the Holy Spirit enlighten the peers today.