vol. 9, num. 20 :: 2010.11.05 — 2010.11.18
“Life is all about...” We can complete that sentence many ways. Some would say it’s all about learning how to die -- how to let go of ourselves, how to trust what happens next, how to live a life we feel okay leaving behind. How have you come to understand your legacy?
Life, confession and memory in the endless moment of illness.
Putting the search for direction in the context of death.
On the hope of carving out a path that leads home.
Finding hope in the middle of grieving an unexpected loss.
An uneasy legacy tied together with the thread of a shared name.
On shaping a life that will honor the memory and the suffering of those who have gone before.
Over a monthly meal, a friendship and a lifetime influence is cultivated.
A memorial for a mother who had a passion for broken things.
Reflecting on privilege and the manageability of death by natural or unnatural causes.
Archbiship Romero’s legacy survives in El Salvador.
Teasing out the legacy of a 1951 hospital mix-up, forty years later.
We are all implicated when we allow other people to be mistreated. An absence of compassion can corrupt the decency of a community, a state, a nation. Fear and anger can make us vindictive and abusive, unjust and unfair, until we all suffer from the absence of mercy and we condemn ourselves as much as we victimize others. The closer we get to mass incarceration and extreme levels of punishment, the more I believe it’s necessary to recognize that we all need mercy, we all need justice, and — perhaps — we all need some measure of unmerited grace.
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