, Salem, MA


March 28, 2013

Column: Good Friday faith


I think T.S. Eliot put it best in the last couple stanzas of his Four Quartets:

“What we call the beginning is often the end

And to make an end is to make a beginning.

The end is where we start from ...

... With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.”

Bonhoeffer knew his end was also his beginning. At the end of self — and man-made religion — is where we, too, find God risen, waiting for us.


Bruce Herman is the Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in the art department at Gordon College in Wenham. He and his wife live in Gloucester. Herman’s current work on “The Four Quartets” is part of a touring collaboration in poetry, paint and music, and comes to Gordon College on April 13. Visit for more information.

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