Category Archives: Death

The Grace in Dying

You might say that the topic of death is hot these days. Many people are questioning the standard Western practices surrounding death, which too often occurs after medical interventions that prolong suffering, prohibit people from coming to a sense of peace about their dying, and separate … Continue reading

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Two Great Mysteries

Life is a luminous pause between two great mysteries, which themselves are one. Carl Jung Share This!

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Barriers to Spiritual Growth

Today’s post is by guest blogger Bob Sessions: You’re probably becoming a bit tired reading about Richard Rohr on this blog, but he has a remarkable knack for putting sophisticated ideas in clear and often homey ways. He not only … Continue reading

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Visions of Heaven

A most interesting article recently appeared in Newsweek Magazine. Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife is written by Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon at Harvard Medical School. In it he describes the extraordinary vision of the afterlife … Continue reading

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The Lessons of Cemeteries

Today’s post is my monthly column for the Episcopal News Service: While the Church honors its dead on All Saints Day in November, the national holiday of Memorial Day also has deep resonance for many of us. The observance began … Continue reading

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El Dia de Muertos

Today is All Saints Day in the Christian liturgical calendar. In the Episcopal Church, the day is marked with a stately and solemn eucharist and the lighting of candles for those who have died. I like this annual service, finding … Continue reading

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Learning from Mortality

Amid the deluge of news coverage after Steve Jobs’ death, most interesting to me were the clips played from a commencement speech he delivered at Stanford University in 2005. Jobs describes how the experience of facing death changed him. He … Continue reading

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Places in the Pew

You may recognize part of today’s post, which grew out of some ruminations I wrote last month after visiting the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. This post is also my monthly column for the Episcopal News Service, which … Continue reading

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