The Christian notion of dying and rising again, or, more accurately, being knocked down only to be raised up again, is a recurring theme throughout the story of my life. I describe not merely the “ups-and-downs” of life but an evolving pattern—a paschal journey—within which my personal narrative unfolds, frequently leading into the transpersonal realm in which the horizons of meaning expand and deepen. I reflect on my life from the horizon of three score and ten years. I too have relished my youth, and I have been blessed with a long life of good health. I welcome my aging process with ambivalence and insecurity. Among my life-blessings, however, have been a series of encounters with decline and diminution that require a quality of honesty and transparency not frequently observed.
When I look back, I can see that those dark times were the catalysts for some of the most creative breakthroughs in my life. I write this for all who wrestle today with an evolutionary understanding of life, involving letting go of what at one time felt important and embracing new possibilities for growth and expansion. Nothing is stable or static anymore. Everything is in flux and moving through a multidirectional trace. None of us can escape its impact. But neither can the institutions, structures, and organizations within which we have lived and worked. (ix)
—from the book Paschal Paradox: Reflections on a Life of Spiritual Evolution
by Diarmuid O’Murchu, page ix