April 22, 2018

A Question from a Friend: About Purgatory and Being “With the Lord”

Note from CM: I get emails with lots of questions, and I received one from a good friend the other day. Here is the query and how I answered it. How would you have responded? • • • Question: Hi Chaplain Mike, I miss our religion discussions. Do you believe that when a person dies, […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (6)

Note from CM: As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. After a recent break, we are now getting back […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (5)

Note from CM: As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. We’ve had a break for some time, but it’s […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (4)

As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. On Mondays we are delving into this subject, considering what Gerhard Lohfink […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (3)

As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. On Mondays we are delving into this subject, starting with Gerhard Lohfink […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (2)

As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. On Mondays we are delving into this subject, starting with Gerhard Lohfink […]

I Refuse to Remain Unastonished: On Resurrection and Eternal Life (1)

I have a fear. It is expressed well by Gerhard Lohfink in his new book, Is This All There Is?: On Resurrection and Eternal Life — Because everything in this book is about my own questions, I have constantly struggled to find the right words. How can we speak responsibly today about death and resurrection, […]

Just a “Shell”?

I heard it again today, while attending the death of an elderly woman. “This is not her. What we see here is just the shell. The real her is now in heaven with Jesus and with grandpa.” And again a little later. “It’s amazing to me how little seeing her shell bothers me. That’s not […]

If Only I Could See the Shore

“No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.”  ― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz * * * I was listening to an interview with someone […]

In the land of birth and death

In one of our hospitals where I visit patients who need inpatient hospice care, many of those folks go to rooms on a certain floor, where the oncology unit is. The placement of this unit has always been interesting to me. When you take the elevator up to that floor, the doors open and you are […]