relationships

… or “How to cure yourself of road rage.” Thoracic surgeon Jeffrey Piehler builds his own coffin … with profound effects in his relationships with family, friends and himself.

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The capacity to give one’s attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing; it is almost a miracle; it is a miracle. Nearly all those who think they have this capacity do not possess it. Warmth of heart, impulsiveness, pity are not enough. In the first legend of the Grail, it is […]

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“The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope but have neither one nor the other, and the problem is they don’t even look for them any more. They have been […]

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Listening … is the capacity to be present before the other, leaving him all the space he needs to manifest himself. The silence of the listener is an offered, given silence. Listening is a kind of creation, because in listening to someone we allow him to be himself, we collaborate in the revelation of who […]

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… Dr. Elvira Parravicini describes her neonatal hospice program (starts at 16:00) … “Take care of your newborn and your newborn will tell you what to do … follow them … it’s always a mystery … this sense of lack of power leaves room to the Mystery that comes and casts light on doubts … […]

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“ … I begin to look at reality as a friend, every circumstance as a friend, and whoever enters my horizon,regardless of the intentions with which she or he does it,right or wrong,sets me in motion.If each of us does not respond to this, life passes by for us without achieving the goal for which […]

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Sonnet 23 … John Milton Methought I saw my late espoused saint        Brought to me, like Alcestis, from the grave,        Whom Jove’s great son to her glad husband gave,        Rescu’d from death by force, though pale and faint. Mine, as whom wash’d from spot of child-bed taint        Purification in the old […]

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We had a meeting in my community not too long ago where we talked about fear. Everyone was asked to talk about their fundamental fear in some way. What were they most afraid of? Different words came out: rejection, abandonment, not succeeding, failure, deterioration, death. When you look at all these kinds of fears the […]

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The meaning of living in companionship, following our hearts’ deepest desires and receiving what is given was revealed to us through our friendship with Fr. Joe in Rochester. Upon our return from Rimini 2011, my husband Mark and I visited Father Joe in a nursing home. Father Joe was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in […]

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Akira Kurosawa’s Red Beard will be shown Friday April 20th at 7:00 pm in the 4th floor auditorium at Benedictine College. Pizza at 6:30pm … discussion to follow the movie. Yasumoto is a recent medical graduate assigned to a rural clinic for his post-graduate training. In his arrogance, he is livid that he should have […]

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