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?

Does St. Benedict’s Rule have anything to offer us today? Esther de Waal’s, A Life-Giving Way: A Commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict

Esther de Waal, A Life-Giving Way: A Commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1995. The Rule of St.Benedict is a tiny little book, no more than 100 pages; filled with rules for monastic life. The rules outline everything from the seemingly mundane, for example, the amount of food given… Continue reading Does St. Benedict’s Rule have anything to offer us today? Esther de Waal’s, A Life-Giving Way: A Commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict