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While I Breathe, I Hope A Mystagogy of Dying

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While I Breathe, I Hope
A Mystagogy of Dying
$14.96 - $17.55

Deeply spiritual and personal reflections from distinguished theologian Richard R. Gaillardetz.

Diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, theologian Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz started sharing his thoughts and reflections on CaringBridge and signed off each entry with the Latin phrase "dum spiro, spero" ("While I breathe, I hope"). In his chronologically compiled essays, Rick moves through his final season of life seeking insight from his Christian faith, while discovering new meaning in the signs and symbols that mark familiar liturgical seasons and celebrations. He explores fears and doubts, joys and sufferings, and the graces and blessings he encounters along his final journey. With shots of humor, a few sports analogies, and a sprinkling of quotes from Karl Rahner, Rick offers wisdom for all in his poignant exploration of what it means to be a person of faith, entering the paschal mystery, ever hopeful for the life to come.

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Format: Paperback book
Product code: LP8866
Dimensions: 5" x 8"
Length: 240 pages
Liturgical Press
ISBN: 9780814688663
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Written by Richard R. Gaillardetz
Edited by Grace M. Agolia


Rick did not write because he was directed to do so by another. He wrote as a free act of love, opening the door of his mind and heart, offering insight to all of us living in the shadow of death, preparing us to make passage through dying and death to the new life for which we hope.

from Foreword by Michael Downey


Richard R. Gaillardetz (1958-2023), held the Joseph Chair of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College. He published numerous articles and authored or edited twelve books, including An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism and Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II (co-authored with Catherine Clifford), both published by Liturgical Press. He was a contributor to Give Us This Day. Gaillardetz was a delegate on the US Catholic-Methodist Ecumenical Dialogue and served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America between 2013 and 2014.