By John Norton
In this issue, we introduce a new annual special section on “Catholic seniors’ retirement and assisted living.” I have to admit I was a little sceptical of the idea when it was first proposed in one of our meetings, but the more we thought about what sort of content we could provide, the more we saw enormous potential.
Packed into a few short pages (see Pages 9-16), we’ve got:
Unfortunately, we were limited by space and had much more material that didn’t make the cut, including a reflection on how to foster an age-specific spirituality for seniors, a report on a rise in the United States on multiple generations living under the same roof, and profiles of several saints who didn’t get down to the business of sanctity until their later years. Guess that will have to wait until next year.
I am very interested to hear your feedback on the section. I realize most of you may not be seniors yourselves, but I think you’ll still find the stories interesting. (And it is never too early to look ahead.) You might also consider passing this issue on to a Catholic senior you know.
Let me know which stories resonate with you, which don’t, and how you think we could improve the package for next year.
“Old age comes from God, old age leads on to God, old age will touch us only so far as he wills,” wrote Jesuit theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
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