Bearing witness in life and death

"On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying" (PBS)

In Life is a Miracle Wendell Berry says that in order to realize that life is an inexhaustible miracle, life must be lived within the thick particularities of “local land” and “local people.” In the midst of such a way of life, dying can be acknowledged, even if it remains a painful mystery. Amid such a way of life, we can learn that living and dying are not ours to control. That same lack of control, whether in dying or living, also enables us to discover and embrace the fullness of life and death. When we trust others in community, we discover the significance of giving our lives to others, and ultimately to the Other. In such a giving, there are often miracles.

 

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