Category Young in the Spirit

Saints for Health

Do you have a headache? Call on St. Teresa of Avilla. Do you have stomach issues? Call on either St Timothy or St Elmo. God is the ultimate healer. Scripture offers examples of God’s healings throughout the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Such healings are otherwise unexplainable and truly miraculous. In addition to praying to our […]

Tithing in Retirement

My husband, Marshall, was very generous when he was working. He treated family and friends often. But when he no longer worked, he cut back considerably. Despite the early signs of dementia, he understood that our financial situation drastically changed. We couldn’t spend on ourselves or our loved ones as we had for decades. Every […]

Heaven Awaits

Eternity with the Lord. That is one of our basic Christian beliefs. In the Apostles’ Creed, we state that we will enjoy “life everlasting.” And we spend this everlasting life with God in a place we refer to as heaven. Jesus said that the gift of everlasting life in heaven with the Lord is promised […]

The Next Move

Most seniors come to a point where we realize we must downsize. Our beloved home is too much for us to care for and too expensive to keep up. But where do we go? Once we receive that AARP card, our mailbox fills with promotional materials for a wide range of senior living choices. From […]

God’s Instrument

Ancient cultures thought that illness was a divine punishment. The sick person or their ancestors failed God in some way and got what they deserved. Associating with someone who was diseased or who worked in an unethical job harmed other people’s health as well. They believed that if they went near someone who was sick or disabled, […]

The Rosary Workout

From Labor Day through Easter, we eat our way from one holiday to the next. Each one of those holidays adds calories and a few more pounds. I used to be able to eat anything I wanted without increasing my weight. Now I look at a recipe or menu and gain a pound. The older […]

Clutter Confusion

The longer we live in one location, the more we tend to fill it. We can’t help ourselves from collecting. Before we know it, we’re surrounded by items we do not use or even want anymore. Closets, sheds, basements, attics, garages, and storage units are filled to capacity. All that clutter can cause distraction, agitation, […]

Comforting the Lonely

Remember those busy days when our families were young and on the move? People surrounded us. In addition to our friends and family, the parents of our children’s friends, neighbors, church ministries, and coworkers filled our lives. How often we wished back then for a quiet moment. As that wish becomes a reality, we can […]

He Really Is Alive

One of the benefits of aging is the wisdom that comes with experience and time. We often develop a clearer understanding of complicated concepts as we progress through this life. When I was younger I wondered why Jesus left us. Why did he have to ascend into heaven? Couldn’t he have stayed here indefinitely for […]

“It” is Fleeting

We stopped and stared briefly at each other, two strangers passing in a crowded restaurant. Do I know her? She looks familiar. Actually—she looks like me. Only older. Much older. Or—maybe I look like that. Maybe I look that old. Oh, wait. I am old. Encountering that similar-looking stranger made me stop and acknowledge who […]