Finding Hope for a Better Death in End of Life Conversations

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For much of society, end of life conversations are considered depressing.  Until recently, I shared that viewpoint and therefore dreaded reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande for a medical sociology class last fall.  Gawande’s perspective, however, completely surprised me.  Instead of viewing death as depressing and something to avoid thinking about, he portrays end of […]

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Healing After War

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I’m a U.S. Army chaplain, serving in the Texas Army National Guard. I was first commissioned as a Chaplain Candidate while in seminary back in March of 1986. That fall, I did Clinical Pastoral Education at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. I was twenty-four, and I was the chaplain for neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and […]

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The Year of Mercy: What It’s About

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Fr. Donald Nesti, CSSp, is on the ISH Board of Trustees, and beloved in the community for his tremendous wisdom, warmth, and spirit.  We thank Fr. Nesti for sharing his insight around the meaning of this special Jubilee year, with Pope Francis’ focus on mercy, “to find newness of life, love and joy.” Fr. Nesti is the […]

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Changed in the Blink of an Eye IV: What can we learn?

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Our day-to-day lives are filled with a myriad number of mundane tasks we must accomplish as a matter of necessity. We have responsibilities to ourselves and to our loved ones. Yet, the sacred coexists with the mundane in our lives; our ideals, inspirations, and higher powers inform daily aspects of our lives. In other words, […]

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