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Thursday Great Books Study at 10:30 AM
  Dear Folks:

In our last couple of sessions, we have devoted our time to the "Obstacles to Joy" section. This week we will focus on the last of these Obstacles: Illness and Fear of Death: I Prefer to Go to Hell
Lama, Dalai. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World (p. vi). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Last week's session on Suffering led to lively conversation as, unfortunately, all of us are very familiar with the experience! The most talked about suffering arose from our experiences with illness and death, and the fear of dying.This week, I would like us to build on that discussion and delve into a discussion on the topic of Illness and the Fear of Death.

In the book, Archbishop Tutu is quoted as saying:
"Because God is God, because God is infinite, because none of us who are creatures will ever fathom the infinitude that is God, heaven is going to be forever a place of new discovery."

Lama, Dalai. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World (p. 162). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

While we could all acknowledge that physical death for each of us is inevitable, we have varying responses to that inevitability ranging from acceptance to denial, inner peace to anger, and a questioning of the purpose and meaning of prayers for healing. Are they prayers for "curing" or healing and what is the difference? Does healing hold a deeper meaning than "fixing" the disease? Is there joy in dying, either our own death or that of someone for whom we have been praying?

Since I  post this study on Face Book as well as the St Jerome's website,, I invite comments and questions from any of you who are not able to be physically with us, but find this study meaningful and would like to be a part of it. Please feel free to contact me at
Bless you all,
Fr Colin Kelly

Fr. Colin Kelly
St. Jerome's Episcopal Church 
331 N. Pine, State Road 29
Chama, NM 87520

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