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 […]

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 […]