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Andrew McGowan

Andrew McGowan is an author at Religion News Service.

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‘No man is an island,’ wrote John Donne on a grim Christmas amid a pandemic

December 22, 2020

(RNS) — These famous few lines suggest a kind of compassionate solidarity, a sense of deep connection when others die, or might die. But Donne’s real point is not just compassion for others, even during a plague, but the necessity of attention to the self.

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