When I Seem to Be Talking about Lakes

It says something deep and real about us, and our capacity to understand each other so deeply, that words can only hint at what I mean.
— Brian Doyle (1956-2017), "The Lakes"

I was surprised and sad to read in the July 10 issue of America that Brian Doyle died of brain cancer at the young age of 60. Doyle was an essayist and author who has been described as “unabashedly Catholic.” Not a bad way to be remembered, friends.

Every time I read something Brian wrote, I remembered it. One short piece in particular has stayed with me. I’d like to share it with you here in memory of his good work and unabashed Catholicism. It wasn’t in-your-face. It just got into your mind.

Please click here to read Brian Doyle’s essay “The Lakes” at commonwealmagazine.org

Brian Doyle wrote that Jesus "haunts the edges of my dreams."

Brian Doyle wrote that Jesus "haunts the edges of my dreams."