Notice Joan Halifax does not say we need religion; rather she writes we need a "spiritual practice". The emphasis is on practice; it must be practiced each day in order for it to work when we need it most.
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?
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
"Again and again, with the surge of its enticements, universal temptation emerges and overcomes the power of the human soul; again and again innate grace arises from out of its depths and promises the utterly incredible: you can become whole and one. But always there are, not left and right, but the vortex of chaos … Continue reading The Whole Heart is a Unity of both Good and Evil
If you have never read any of Cornelia Funke's books, then I suggest you get to the library and begin the adventure. Funke is one of the best juvenile writers today. She writes children's picture books and juvenile literature categorized as fantasy. Her books are well written and filled with all sorts of characters; they … Continue reading Cornelia Funke’s Illuminated Sequel to Dragon Rider: Dragon Rider: The Griffin’s Feather