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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Moore invited to talk with patients and friends

Saint Francis Care is a healthcare ministry of the Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut that is sponsoring Thomas Moore’s keynote address on Saturday September 30, 2006. He is speaking at the fourth Annual Day of Celebration for Saint Francis patients who have experienced gynecologic cancer and for their friends. He will speak about Nourishment for the Soul: Reconnecting with the Soul After a Serious Illness.
"Looking into the mythology of our illnesses, we could consider them from a religious point of view. The idea is not so much to bring religion to suffering as to see that suffering inspires religion. Our wounds remind us of the gods. If we allow sickness to lead us into wonder about the very base of experience, then our spirituality is strengthened. Accepting that we are wounded, we enter life differently than if our only concern is to overcome the wound. When we respond to the mysterious appearance of an illness, we live with responsibility to fate. . . Illness offers us a path into the kind of religion that rises directly from participation in the deepest levels of fate and existence." - Care of the Soul
On his site, Moore has posted an essay, "The Post-Modern Healer", based on a talk he gave in 1987, that outlines ways we may re-imagine healing.