2023 Grateful 20: A new cycle

If I knew I would be stranded on a desert island, there’s just one book I’d bring with me – Awareness – by Anthony de Mello.

I’ve been banging on about this book for years. I’ve bought and given more copies of it as presents than I can remember. I know I’ve given it to some of you. It’s a rarity.

Based on the last series of talks de Mello gave before his untimely death, it’s like listening to him, rather than reading him.

My inbox is full of bad news. Bad, bad news. News of people’s badness. News of politicians’ badness. News of natural badness. It’s downright depressing at times.

We’re living in an extreme world, teetering between the wane of the USA and the rise of Eurasia. Life in the next 50 years will change more quickly and more remarkably than I’ve known it to do in the last 50.

But de Mello’s words have longevity about them. They’ll survive. They’re worth reading.

Mark Hofreiter has just posted the foreword to the book on his blog of the same name and will repost the chapters over the course of the next twelve months or so.

Sign up. Read. Reflect. Get some perspective. This is my second go-round and I’d already read the book a couple of times way back when and yet each time, I learn something new.

It’s free. It’s priceless. It’s worth the effort it takes to click the link, scroll to the end, and add your email address.

And let me know what you think…

Thanks, Mark.

One Response

  1. Thank you so much dear, for this tribute to such a special person in the mind and heart of Fr. Anthony de Mello, S.J.! You’re so kind and generous with your audience in getting his unusual perspective on love out to this old World. All is well, all is well! Even if things are TERRIBLE, all is well. Hah, I love those words! Thanks again Mary. Love and peace. M

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