Part II: Simone Weil on School Studies in_Waiting for God_ (The Essays)

In the second half of Simone Weil’s, Waiting for God, there are several extensive essays on the love of God. While the first essay on school studies might seem out of place; it is in keeping with her main focus, but approached from the point of view of our love for God, rather than God’s […]

Part I: The Way of Simone Weil: _Waiting For God_(The Letters)

This Easter I was praying at home — typically I would be traveling back and forth to church during the Triduum, starting with the foot washing on Holy Thursday and ending with the Saturday vigil. I would be singing, sitting still, looking around to see who I knew and trying to maintain a sense of […]

Death and Dying in a Cure Culture

Mannix, Kathryn. With The End In Mind: Dying, Death, and Wisdom In An Age of Denial. Little, Brown and Company, New York. 2018 Kathryn Mannix writes with honesty and tenderness as she relates the stories of her career as a palliative care physician in the UK. Mostly, they are other people’s stories, but they are […]

The Purpose of Life: The Immense Journey by Loren Eiseley

Loren Eiseley is hard to pin down. He calls himself a “bone hunter,” and a “naturalist.” By profession he was an anthropologist. He has even been called a mystic. He is all of these things. Thankfully. He takes everything in and sifts through it offering us, as the bone does to him, little bits of wisdom.

To Life! _Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal_ by Rachel Naomi Remen

Remen, Rachel N., Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal. The Berkley Group, NY. 1996. I checked this book out of the library because someone I knew, had been diagnosed with breast cancer, stage 4. I thought since Rachel Remen had dedicated so much of her life to working with people who were in the late […]