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Shades of Truth

A few years ago I was giving a talk in a church near my home. During the question period a man stood and said that his young daughter had died recently, and he felt a strong need to talk to her every day. At the same time, he didn’t want to be naïve or simple-minded with his spirituality. Should he continue to talk to his daughter or be more realistic, he wanted to know.I could have assured him that his daughter was up in heaven, looking down on him and hearing his thoughts. When Ted Kennedy died, I heard several priests say similarly that he was now reunited with his brothers. Or I could have told him to find a constructive way to honor the memory of his daughter and be more adult about the situation.In fact, I said to him that we modern people live within a limited circle of understanding. We believe in facts and a material world, one that we can see and touch. We absorb these rationalistic and materialist values and feel compelled to remain within the circle. But there is liberation to be had by stepping outside that circle and shedding some of the scientific narrow-mindedness that is so much a part …

Thomas Moore is the New York Times best-selling author of Care of the Soul, as well as many other books on deepening soul and cultivating a mature spiritual life, three of which have received the Books for a Better Life Award. At turns he has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, a psychotherapist, and an S&H columnist. 

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