Samuel Wells is the vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and author of Learning to Dream Again.
Vivaldi wrote his Magnificat for a choir of female orphans to sing for their supper. They were truly singing Mary's song.
After two years, I visited my ailing friend. Eventually, he asked for the Eucharist—and suddenly every word mattered.
I have conversations with a wide variety of clergy colleagues. But they're all the same conversation: "Is it well with your soul?"
I asked Michael's mother what it was like to say goodbye. "Oh, it wasn't much fun," she said. Then she told me what she put in the coffin.
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