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Essence of faith.

I opened the April issue and found two articles that spoke to my needs: The Editor's Note, "The way to dusty death" by Catherine O'Connell-Cahill, and The Examined Life, "Are we there yet?" by Bryan Cones. Both were poignant reminders of how long the road can seem and how little we know in advance of its turnings. But both were also full of faith and beautifully written.

A much-loved cousin of mine had just died of a late-appearing lung cancer from asbestos infiltrates, and many friends are now coming into their final chapters with suffering as their only sure companion.

I would add that my own favorite gospel is about the road to Emmaus as Jesus' followers sorrowfully ponder his cruel death and their failure to understand why this had to happen. It continues to give hope, as do essays such as the "bookends" of the April issue.

Sally M. Leighton

Elmhurst, Ill.
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Title Annotation:you may be right: letters
Author:Leighton, Sally M.
Publication:U.S. Catholic
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jun 1, 2006
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