Monthly Archives: December 2013

The end we start from

I hope you will treat yourself to the current film, “Philomena.”

In the driveway after a long journey and arriving at the Convent where it all began, Martin observes to Philomena:

What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make and end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from. (T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding-V”)

Neither of them has any idea of how demanding that “end” will be. Neither do we. That is the fierce mystery isn’t it? Endings are “often” staggering beginnings. Continue reading

Daily Life Ascetic

In his “Sabbaths: How May A Human Being Come to Rest” poems, Wendell Berry writes:

If we have become incapable
of denying ourselves anything
then all that we have
will be taken from us.        (“XII,” Leavings, Kindle Loc. 128)

Discipline and self-denial are neither valued nor practiced in our current culture. Yet I sense that Berry’s dictum rings true to us. I think that down deep we all see the handwriting on the wall. The future will be one of forced austerity if humanity cannot soon find within itself a resolve to live in harmony with Mother Earth. Continue reading