Summer Setting

The “must see” that isn’t in guidebooks on Ireland is Corcomroe Abbey. It is striking to me that—just as we had no intention of going to this remote spot but ended up there—so we had not known that today would be filled with grief over the grueling process of dying for my husband’s only sister, Jan. And so, for my own encouragement, and in honor of Jan’s battle to live in the face of death (and that of anyone else who may happen upon this blog), I dedicate these pictures and thoughts:

“We want to reach the kingdom of God, but we don’t want to travel by way of death. And yet there stands Necessity saying: ‘This way, please.’ Do not hesitate, man, to go this way, when this is the way that God came to you.” —St. Augustine“It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so…

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