follow reality …

November 7, 2012

in Bioethics,Hospice & Palliative Medicine,Med Conf,Spirituality

an article about Dr. Elvira Parravicini and her work in neo-natal hospice …

“The only road is reality. Reality speaks. The baby gives us all the signs we need, because he is given, to the parents and to me, to us, who cannot define his destiny. Only the One who gave it knows where it goes. We are asked to observe and follow reality … It is an entirely different thing to follow reality. It is a dialogue with the Mystery who makes it. But all our life is like this: it develops either in a way that you lead, and you live in total anguish, or one in which you respond. Since Christ was made flesh, reality reveals Him, and you don’t have to invent anything.” You put all your energy into that dialogue, and you risk following, because the evidence with which reality speaks to you is not peaceful. ‘For me, it’s always very dramatic. It engages my freedom, mine and that of the parent. However, it asks only one thing of me: purity in looking at the situation.’”

Dr. Parravicini’s presentation at Rimini 2012

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