The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. Aldous Huxley
They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green, Psalm 92:14
Even if you're not a Loyola University basketball fan, you've probably seen some news clips recently about their team chaplain Sister Jean. She was born in August 1919, which makes her 98 years old and she is having the time of her life right now! She became the team chaplain at age 75 and has prayed with them and for them for years. This year the team advanced to the final four, she lives in a freshman dorm on campus, and she threw out the first pitch at a Chicago cubs game. There is no such thing as 'old age' in her mind.
In past meditations I've mentioned the SHINE group that meets at St. Matthew's on Wednesday mornings. I love being in the office where I can hear their laughter and sharing of stories. The women in the group (although men are welcome) are a shining example of aging without slowing down! A couple volunteer at the CCC, they all help fold our Sunday bulletins, and others give rides. They all have an enthusiasm for life which they love to share with others. Blessings to them all.
What is your own mind set about growing older? Perhaps it's time for a visit to our SHINE program!
Kelly Kennerson, Parish Administrator