Tag Archives: Jean-Paul Sartre

The Paradox of Pentecost — Presence and Absence

They scratch their heads, like confused children being dropped off at camp against their will….The experience of absence, endemic to the human condition, is essential to faith. Continue reading

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Life begins on the other side of despair

It was Jean-Paul Sartre, the French existentialist novelist, philosopher, and playwright, who declined the Nobel Peace Price for Literature in 1964, who said it. “Life begins on the other side of despair.” Sartre’s statement resonates with those who have stood … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: the MSU Philosophy Student

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” – Cicero The philosophy student who shot himself in the library at Mankato State University yesterday could have been me many years ago. Or is it “could … Continue reading

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Reflections along the way of a terminal illness

Today, three years to the day after Katherine’s (“Katie’s”) death (May 9, 2010), we inter her cremains. “IT’S RAINING, IT’S POURING” was written the day we learned that Katie’s incurable Leiomyosarcoma had taken a turn for the worse. In memory … Continue reading

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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

Today, three years to the day after Katherine’s (“Katie’s”) death (May 9, 2010), we inter her cremains, an appropriate time to re-post the effect of Katie’s illness along the way. This is a re-posting of a piece written along the … Continue reading

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