Volume XIX Number 2

Table of Contents

  • Relationship ans Spiritual Life
  • Three Lessons
  • The Art of Living
  • Poetry
  • Lives of Spiritual Unfolding
  • Poetry
  • Activities
  • Resources

Enthusiasm for life takes so many forms - some surprising.

For example, in Three Lessons, we meet a doctor who volunteers in a hospice, and we become acquainted with a dying patient who joyfully breathes in air redolent of hamburgers and French fries. When we turn to our feature article Relationship and Spiritual Life, we hear from Jorge Waxemberg that enthusiasm means fully participating in all aspects of life. The soul who seeks the infinite cannot treat the world as a mere arena where her personal spiritual transformation takes place; she has to embrace everything, even that which seems limited. We cultivate this generous spirit by actively engaging in the great web of relationships of which we are a part. Those relationships cover everything - life, death, other people, time and social organization. In the short biography of Dorothy Day, in Lives of Spiritual Unfolding, we watch a young woman searching through politics, social action and religion for ways to respond fully to life. That enthusiasm was contagious, the former young social activist of the 1970s explains in Meetings with a Remarkable Woman.

To paraphrase Emerson, we could say that every significant moment, whether on a large or small scale, marks the triumph of enthusiasm on someone's part. Perhaps such all-embracing, clear-sighted enthusiasm is a much-needed gift that we can offer at this time.

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