Pilgrimage Within: Contemplations of a Lifelong Activist

 
9781935093046: Pilgrimage Within: Contemplations of a Lifelong Activist

For many years I have toyed with writing another book, one that is an interplay with the Muses who urgently invite me to put their thoughts on paper so as to share with open-hearted folks, yearning to move beyond the myopic vision offered to them by most religious and national leaders. We humans are starving for lack of real soul bread. As we are bombarded with lies and deceptions and double speak. All of which blind the eyes of our hearts, so that we cannot see anything but virtual realities which look so real that the mass of humans confuse them with the wondrous Mystery of our Existence. The reflections found in this book were born of an increasing awareness of what truly is beyond the words and concepts that have, for thousands of years, enchained us in illusory systems, whether they be religious or secular. They are attempts to listen to wise Muses as they daily invite me to write what they urge me to see, and as they help me to increase conscientizing and seeing into Reality, i.e. into what is and into All that Is, with the clarifications and corrections that appear to me, through the Muses, even as I live and write! Seventh century Zen Sage Hui Neng says it all in one brief sentence: The meaning of Life is to see. And this is the prominent theme of Pacem In Terris in Warwick, NY, an oasis of sanity in this mad world on a fast track to de-humanizing our species. Founded by artist Frederick Franck and his wife, Claske Berndes Franck, Pacem In Terris has been for many years the main soul companion of the Muses in helping me to see ever more clearly into the Reality and Mystery of the One and the Many that is all there Is or will ever Be. It is for this reason that any proceeds coming from this book s publication will go to Pacem In Terris as a little help in keeping its hope-giving light burning. Meanderings would never have come to be without Pacem and without the many writers who helped the Muses in their endeavors to lead me into an ever wider vision of that which Is and of insight into the heartfelt realization that neither we nor any other existence can be without the Communion of all Being making us each unique in all creation and yet One and inseparable! Most of all, I am eternally grateful to Martha Lewin, my beloved lifetime soul companion, without whom I would have drowned in the stagnant waters of dead religiosity. May this book help to keep hope alive in folks like myself who yearn, with all their being, to see our species return to the sanity that joins all other animals in the harmonious balance which keeps the magnificent venture of Life on our planet alive and well!

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Jack Egan was ordained a priest in May 1960. After three years at St Francis of Sales in Lodi, NJ, his request to work in Hodnuras, Central America was granted by the archbishop of his diocese. He spent two years in Honduras and one half year in San Meguelito, an experimental parish in Panama. Ordered back to his Newark, NJ Archdiocese, Jack then spent nearly 20 years in an inner city parish in downtown Jersey City, NJ, working with mostly Latino people. During that time he engaged in numerous non-violent activities concerning justice and peace. His book titled, Baptism of Resistance, Blood and Celebration, written with Paul D. Colford, then of Newsday, and published by Twenty Third Publications, Mystic, CT, recounts many stories surrounding that non-violent activity. Jack dedicated that book to the mestizo children of Honduras who woke me up out of a deep, dead slumber so I could truly live. That awakening begun in Honduras led Jack to begin also to write articles critical of some church teachings, especially its hierarchical structure, its injustices and its disparagement of women and sexuality. As a result of these writings, after 25 years of priesthood, he was ordered by church hierarchy to leave the priesthood. He was ready to do so and disassociated himself from that hierarchical structure in April 1985. His subsequent book, A Priest Forever and No More, published by Barbara Truncelito s Fragile Twilight Press, Barnegat, NJ, describes that very traumatic parting. The present book, Pilgrimage Within: Contemplations of a Lifelong Activist, reveals his further awakening.

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A wonderful book, grounded in a Krishnamurti like sense of honest inquiry on the one hand and on the other, wisdom rooted in the profound insights, compassion and suffering of a gentle man who left the Catholic priesthood far behind him as he grew and grew spiritually. A doctrine free, joyful but occasionally despairing wander through modern life. I am better for having read it, and my father would have admired it greatly. --Lukas Franck, Pacem in Terris, Warwick, NY

I m moved by the clarity of Jack Egan s voice in his new collection of contemplations, how he compassionately faces the sorrows of the dispossessed. Engaged with the natural world ,which he observes with confidence in its power to inspire and console, he gives us a vision that is both earthy and spiritual that reverberates in memory. --Barbara Truncellito, Publisher Fragile Twilight Press

These uncompromising pages are the crie de coeur of a man who has labored all his life for a more decent world for all creatures. Jack Egan s passion for goodness has ranged from his love of the children of the inner city to the people of Haiti to the animal, bird and tree life of his beloved rural New Jersey. Perhaps his sometimes fiery, sometimes contemplative eloquence can still awaken us in time from our spiritual lethargy. --Paul Mayer is a theologian, activist and writer of Wrestling with Angels: A Spiritual Memoir of a Political Life.

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