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Mortal Blessings free pdf In this lyrical adieu to her mother, renowned Catholic essayist, poet, and professor Angela O'Donnell explores how the mundane tasks of caregiving during her mother's final days-bathing, feeding, taking her for a walk in her wheelchair-became rituals or ordinary sacraments that revealed traces of the divine. With Joan Didion's grasp of grief, the spiritual playfulness of Mary Karr, and the poetic agility of Kathleen Norris, Angela Alaimo O'Donnell narrates the events that followed her mother's fall and the broken hip that led to surgery. As O'Donnell and her sisters cared for their mother's failing body during the last days of her life, they unconsciously observed rituals that began to take on a deeper importance. Bathing her each morning was a kind of baptism, the nightly feeding of pie took on a Eucharistic significance, trimming and polishing nails became a kind of anointing. Beyond the seven there are the myriad sacraments they made up: the sacrament of community via cell phone, the sacrament of wheelchair pilgrimage around the nursing home, and the sacrament of humor and laughter. Mortal Blessings: A Sacramental Farewell is a deeply human portrait of loss balanced by the surprising grace found in letting go- it will resonate with any spiritual reader but especially caregivers and those currently in grief.

About Angela Alaimo O'Donnell

Angela Alaimo O'Donnell teaches courses in American Catholic studies, English, and creative writing at Fordham University, where she also serves as associate director of Fordham's Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. Her most recent book of poems, Waking My Mother, is a collection of elegies focused on the relationships between mothers and daughters. Her previous book, Saint Sinatra

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Author : Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
Publisher : Ave Maria Press
Data Published : 08 September 2014
ISBN : 1594714096
EAN : 9781594714092
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 160 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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