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By Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine, April 13, 2022

Regis Martin is Professor of Theology and Faculty Associate with the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.  …

The wounded surgeon plies the steel
That questions the distempered part;
Beneath the bleeding hands we feel
The sharp compassion of the healer’s art
Resolving the enigma of the fever chart.
—T.S. Eliot, “East Coker”

So much of the misery we face, from sickness to death, are matters we cannot remedy, much less escape. But it does not follow that they are without meaning as well. Even the dead end we mistakenly drive down only to find that it goes nowhere can be a salutary discovery now that you know where it leads. There is no end of TV shows about nothing, including every episode of Seinfeld, but real life is not lived as though we were all in a sitcom whose outcome means nothing.  …

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