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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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The special attention owed to the dignity of suffering persons can never be forgotten … if on one hand – because of progress in the scientific-technological field – the ability to heal the sick has increased, on the other hand, the ability truly to care for suffering persons, considered in their totality and singularity, has […]

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I talk to parents and to children, and they don’t know where to turn. They’re so frightened. They’re standing in front of the mystery and are suddenly asking themselves what they can do – they call it bargaining with God, but I think it’s much deeper than that. It’s realizing that you haven’t been busy […]

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Adele V. (not her real name), mid-60s, morbidly obese, heart disease, diabetes, dependent edema that became painful by late afternoon … Adele’s husband, slim and well dressed, strides through the front door. He nods at his wife, then me, and sits without a word in the corner … What the room tells me, what her […]

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“Judgments of others are alienated expressions of our own unmet needs.” Marshall Rosenberg in Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life … discussed at pp. 52-61 a related post

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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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… He [Jesus] never refuses a single person who comes to him with an honest request … he turns no one away … “I think the most astounding thing … and really it is an astounding thing … is the infidelity of us, his followers, to just that point … that the following of Christ […]

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… or love from suffering … because love is the self surrender of someone to another and this self surrender requires that we really die to ourselves in order to live in and through the other. The mystery of iniquity is the resistance to this. There is something in us that knows that that is […]

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Coulehan discusses hope, especially in the context of hospice and palliative care… “Studies of terminally ill patients have demonstrated clusters of personal and situational factors associated with enhancement or suppression of hope at the end of life. Enhancing factors included interpersonal connectedness, attainable goals, spiritual beliefs and practices, personal attributes of determination, courage, and serenity, […]

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