A lot of spiritually wise material is written by older people because, frankly, you can collect a lot of information by the age of 25 or 30, but life experience is what makes a place for wisdom. Often these experiences are not sunny ones: we navigate huge life reversals, grieve the deaths of loved ones, watch a dream die, go through major failure.
But it’s really necessary for a community to hear from its younger voices as well. They often are more in tune with life as it is right now, with its constant changes and new challenges. If the only people we listen to are in our own age group, we miss a lot that could benefit us.
Loyola Press has been quite fortunate to find younger voices that are also wise, and one of our newest authors is Kyle R. Cupp, a young husband, father, writer, philosopher—someone well-acquainted with communications work and with day-to-day ministry in a parish. Kyle’s just-released book, Living by Faith, Dwelling in Doubt: A Story of Belief, Uncertainty, and Boundless Love, is a short book loaded with power and the profound knowledge you acquire only by living through dark times while searching for faith and grace. Here’s an excerpt—and this is only the beginning of their story:
I never looked into the face of our first conceived child. Francis Estel never grew a face. The little jellybean never grew arms or legs or a head. If the heart ever formed and beat, we never heard it.
. . . My heart would have hardened into something dead to the world had I not kept my eyes on my wife’s face and taken her hands in mine. Her face revealed her grief and her sorrow and showed me someone new, someone I had not fully met before. I could not look away because I saw behind her flooded eyes and crestfallen frown a heart broken yet still beating with hope, hope for a heart that would not beat with life on this side of eternity—hope for the future and for us. I fell in love all over again with my beloved wife and with our beloved deceased. I kept the faith that love made sense amid such loss. In her grief, Genece gave me the grace to keep going.
Please continue with us this week as we share some of Kyle’s story and open up questions about faith and doubt.
A question for our DDF community: What has added most to your wisdom?