What does it mean to live when we are aging or when we are dying?

As a pastoral care worker for my parish I visit parishioners who are in assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. What strikes me each time I go on a pastoral visit is not just the vast differences in living conditions at some of the institutional housing, but, and perhaps even more than the differences relating… Continue reading What does it mean to live when we are aging or when we are dying?

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… Continue reading Death and Dying in a Cure Culture

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.