Summer 2017
(Our Previous C*NAQ Plus)

Volume 23, Number 1+




Through the Editor's Eyes

The End Unravels the Beginning

Catherine Groves

The title and topic of Catherine Groves' "Through the Editor's Eyes" offers a way of looking at aging. When we first start our lives as little children, we have much to learn. We crawl before we discover how to pull up our bodies and walk. We make tiny gurgling noises before we find our words. We fall off our bikes countless times before we gain the art of balance. How we treasure all these new acquisitions of skills and ideas! But what about as we begin to age? For some of us, isn't it a little like letting go of these gifts we've come to expect from ourselves? Perhaps we can no longer walk easily and seek our balance with a walker or cane. The right word no longer comes quickly to the tip of the tongue. One by one our skills may fade until they are gone. Instead of learning, we're forgetting what we once cherished. Yet if it's all part of the process of life, we can accept this as natural rather than continuing to cling so tightly to our declining abilities. And we just might find freedom — freedom from what we think we need, but actually don't.

Morning and Midnight in the Garden of Eden

John W. Groff, Jr.

Father John W. Groff's "Morning and Midnight in the Garden of Eden" was originally published in our April-June 2003 issue of C*NAQ. It tells the story of a man — a meditation teacher and practiced in the Journey — who suddenly loses everything. His everything was his soulmate, his friend, his lover, his wife, who one day abruptly announced, "I don't want to be married anymore." This piece shares, in a intimate way, the tumbling that can happen to any one of us, no matter the depth of our spirituality.

The Letters Library

C*NAQ readers speak out

Our Summer 2017 "Letters Library" features the thoughts of the Reverend Frederick Moe, as well as a bit of lighthearted banter between Catherine Groves and Father John W. Groff, Jr.


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