This is a remarkable book (Into Overtime – live the last stage of the cancer and notes along the way, published by Michael Paul Gallagher, by Darton Longman Todd, 2016 ) but the first record: in 2011 I was diagnosed my cancer went into the hospital and two major operations and almost died, but God's grace come out the other side – again walk in the sun and breathe fresh air again. In order to accommodate this, I think I also said that there is a certain bias in a book that chronicles the sufferings such as I experienced a few of them myself. And, of course, that such a chronicle of suffering are not to wade, or increase them in some way; They are part of the human condition. Philip Larkin observed one of the great poems, Ambulances, you can visit all of them at one time or another: "They come from curb to rest. / All streets are visited time"
Indeed, Michael Paul Gallagher was the third visit of cancer that proved fatal. He was before the cancer, starting in 2002, but it was a return to the early, was in 2015, when he travels from Rome to Ireland provided of course, that led to his death at the age of 76. What this book is not versatile: it provides a mini -önéletrajzában life as a distinguished Jesuit priest, teacher and writer; deep insight into the beliefs and concerns, especially those belonging to the disbelief of the modern world; Fragments of ideas openings, the darkness, the revelation of the imagination, transformation and transcendence; Cancer journal, which details the actual experiences and emotions they occur; and finally a few stabs in his poetry, which by his own admission, was "never my talent," but that some lines do not reach the tranquil beauty.
interspersed although all of the above, there is a wonderful and told both aphoristic quality which finally nail a few questions, and he cites only the appropriate authority so on his behalf. So here are three beautiful lines of his book
"Now I began to see that faith is blocked much more life than the ideas and philosophies"
"Trusting in medical technology ends in disappointment"
"This is very simple: how to live shrinks or expands what you can see"
should be obvious, the above and the environment in which the above quotes may find that Gallagher is a profound thinker, which is not surprising since he was a professor of fundamental theology Gregorian University. But the deep thoughts also go to the deep humanity. Referring to Dr. Johnson, he observes that the "death concentrates the mind wonderfully," and during the making of the book the questions of his life begins to take shape: we perceive his doubts, hesitations, even the very real caveat to die at all, knowing, indeed, as we all do, that he will, and he should.
Particularly poignant in our increasingly aware of was how active and talented people are always planning, scheduling, it is useful and effective, but now you must live when we can not have any of these things. Even learn, and to examine the choices that she made the right career? Yes, he rationalizes, but he is less and less a specialized generalist? He is – we feel – is indeed convincing in their response? And most telling of all: Monique, a young girl he met on the 19 and the road not taken. Where is it now? What happened to him? She prays for her happiness, and there is a poem to her. It is a fact that the poem that ends the book: Monique Caen. Think about it – this is a Catholic priest, this Jesuit since he was 22 years old – the last word of the poem to Monique? This is a cipher of the Virgin Mary? I do not think so; Here you reach the last sentence is quite sublime beauty of
… Or visit
like me, wonder echo
The two hands and eyes bound
symbols of love is greater than
knew most important
But for me at least, changing forever.
syntax in the last two rows of the tortured and complex as the emotion behind; and for all of us as we are human beings, we resonate as reflect on our roads not taken as death concentrates the mind wonderfully well.
is much more to this book than space permits, but it should be obvious that, despite my bias in their favor, it is an eloquent, absorbing and fascinating work which I strongly recommend to all towards Wholeness readers: most impressively of all, Michael Paul Gallagher keeps his faith in God despite the tact of the disease and suffering that cancer aa throws at him. Do not buy and read this book; This uplifting.