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Celibacy And Religious Passion

An Interview With Teresa Bielecki

Teresa Bielecki first met Father William McNamara, a fiery Carmelite monk, at a college retreat in 1958. She was only twenty-two then, but from that day on she knew what she wanted to do. Father William had just received permission from Pope John XXIII to start a new order, the Spiritual Life Institute, which would be composed of both men and women and which would bring the message of contemplative life to the world.

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Ideologies Of Madness

Nuclear war has been described as a form of madness. Yet rarely does one take this insight seriously when contemplating the dilemma of war and peace. I wish to describe here the state of mind that has produced nuclear weaponry, a socially accepted insanity born of a philosophical assumption that human consciousness is separate from nature. Part of the foundation and history of this state of mind is the hatred of “the other,” in the form of racism, misogyny (the hatred of women), and anti-Semitism.

Fiction

Gypsies

Earnest Ray found her in a restaurant stuffing oyster crackers into her purse. An hour after she met him, she was sitting on his lap, running her fingers through his hair; taking in the breadth and width of the big front porch that runs around his four-story house; playing up to his mama; and feeding tuna salad to his calico cat.

Rocks Along This River

I spend long nights talking with my grandfather, whom I call Papa. We rage and speculate; we try to plumb the depths together. Over the years we have become close friends, able to share our most intimate thoughts.

Readers Write

Fathers

On a shelf in his bathroom, so high I need a stool to reach it, there’s a leather cuff link box where he keeps a pet spider. The spider eats matches. I know this because every night before I go to bed, my father shows me the match, puts it in the box with the spider, and closes the lid. Then, in the morning, he opens the box to show me that the match is gone. It doesn’t occur to me that this spider never moves when I look in the box. A spider can’t always be asleep.

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Quotations

Sunbeams

People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive.

Joseph Campbell
The Power Of Myth

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