Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

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He has a twitch to his eyes that suggests something is wrong, something deeper and more significant than the involuntary movement of his eye muscles. He needs some sort of healing far down inside him.

It wasn't always so. As a child he laughed easily, played pranks on his older siblings, was the darling of his aging parents--and that delighted him. But something went wrong, not in the immediate and obvious way a child breaks his leg or arm or gets a high fever, but in the slow and hidden way cancer sneaks into one's blood, bones and flesh and waits for years before making a move. It can take for ever to recognize that something inside is amiss.

That's the way it was with him. A cancer of the human soul that lay still as a seed for years and then grew inside him until there was little room for love that wasn't remorse, or hope that wasn't grim determination. Now he lives from day to day and sometimes less than that, giving up for a while and giving in to drink or drugs or deliberate unconsciousness. …

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