Sunday Sabbath: Tears in Heaven

This is a follow up for the reflection for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time which talks about Eric Clapton and how he struggled through fame and self-destruction before surrendering his ego to have a relationship with God. What I failed to mention (as was reminded of by Julie, a blog reader and author of one of the most beautiful sites on the web) is that he also suffered deep personal tragedy in 1991 when his four-year-old son, Conor, fell through a window when he was playing in the 53rd floor of a New York apartment. Clapton wrote the beautiful song “Tears in Heaven” following that tragedy.

About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog ( explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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6 Responses to Sunday Sabbath: Tears in Heaven

  1. Thank you William for your very kind words–all be they undeserved….and thank you for your kind comment on today’s dusty ol post —blessings to you and your brood….

  2. Theresa says:

    It is so often when we are in the darkness that we seek the light.

  3. Erik Andrulis says:

    Love the truth of sadness and joy in this song. Makes me cry for both every time. Thanks. Peace, Ik

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