A new year’s hope: To learn about living fully from the imminence of death

Author: Chicago Tribune


The Chicago Tribune published a commentary piece by ethics professor Joseph Holt. Holt, a former Jesuit priest, worked for a time as an orderly for terminally ill cancer patients. His piece speaks to how we can learn about life from those facing the end of it.

When I first worked with terminal cancer patients in my early 20s, as part of my Jesuit training, I took it for granted that I could go for a long run after work and reward myself with a nice meal afterward. Caring for patients, most of whom were confined to their beds all day and many of whom found it hard to keep food down, I learned to stop taking such simple pleasures for granted.