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Art of Dying and Living
     

Art of Dying and Living

by Kerry Walters
 

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ISBN-10: 1570759243

ISBN-13: 2901570759245

Pub. Date: 04/01/2011

Publisher: Orbis Books

Earlier generations of Christians studied manuals on the art of dying to help them face and embrace mortality. In The Art of Dying and Living, Kerry Walters explores the connection between living and dying well by recounting the stories or nine exemplary men and women or our time and the particular virtues they embodied.

Overview

Earlier generations of Christians studied manuals on the art of dying to help them face and embrace mortality. In The Art of Dying and Living, Kerry Walters explores the connection between living and dying well by recounting the stories or nine exemplary men and women or our time and the particular virtues they embodied.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901570759245
Publisher:
Orbis Books
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
272

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction. An Ars Moriendi for Today xiii

"I don't know how to do this" xiii

Learning to Die xvi

1 Living toward a Good Death 1

The Night at Arzamas 1

Death-fear and Death-denial 3

Our Neighbor Death 6

Virtues for Living Well 8

Virtues for Dying Well 12

From the Abstract to the Concrete 17

2 Trust Joseph Bernardin 18

A Somber Press Conference 18

The Virtue of Trust 21

"God was calling me, and I had to listen" 27

A Mid-life Conversion 29

"I never felt more alone" 32

Cancer 35

The End of the Play 39

Bernardin's Legacy 42

3 Love Thea Bowman 44

A Born Troubadour 44

The Virtue of Love 46

An Old Folks' Child 52

Becoming Fully Functional 58

Practicing Love 63

"I want to love until I die" 68

As Strong as Death 71

4 Gratitude Etty Hillesum 74

"We left the camp singing" 74

The Virtue of Gratitude 77

The Family Madhouse 83

"Something is happening to me" 86

The Girl Who Knelt 89

Westerbork 94

Gratitude and Mortality 102

5 Obedience Jonathan Daniels 103

Murder in Alabama 103

The Meaning of Obedience 105

Groping toward Obedience 109

From Harvard to the Magnificat 114

"That freedom which is holy obedience" 121

Obedience unto Death 126

"The mightiest Wind in the world at my back" 128

6 Courage Dietrich Bonhoeffer 131

A Death on the Gallows 131

The Virtue of Courage 133

Death and the Outsider 137

Two Journeys to America 141

Ultimate Necessities 150

Courage and "God's guiding hand" 157

7 Patience John Paul II 160

Death of a Pope 160

The Virtue of Patience 162

A Long Training in Patience 167

The Bullet That Missed 174

Salvifici Doloris 178

"I offer my sufferings" 181

A Divine Promise 188

8 Christing Caryll Houselander 190

"Christ in them all" 190

Christing as a Virtue 192

"I had to be healed of myself" 199

Stretching Christ 206

Loving into Life 210

These Things Must Come 214

We Fall and We Rise 217

Conclusion: The Great Test 219

Notes 227

Index 245

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