Learning from Our Elders as Mentors

In her post, “Five Tips for Beating Loneliness from St. Ignatius,” Rebecca Ruiz quotes Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, on the need for “good mentors, good companions, and a strong link to the church.” A mentor may well be someone from an older generation. At the 2018 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Loyola Press asked people about Pope Francis’s message to honor the wisdom and lives of the older generations. One of the questions was, “What is […]

When Love Becomes an Instinct

What would it be like to practice love so regularly, so faithfully, over the course of a lifetime, such that one’s habit of loving becomes so ingrained into the fabric of one’s soul, that even if one should begin losing his mind the habit of loving breaks forth spontaneously, like the resonant chord of a hung bell’s bow swung? If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video When Love Becomes an Instinct.

The Only True Identity

My 84-year-old father, a former Air Force fighter pilot who traveled around the world, now spends his days mainly confined to his recliner. His liberty to get up and walk to the refrigerator, let alone travel or even run an errand, is gone. He has lived in the same room for three years now, yet every time he enters it he asks if that is the place he is staying tonight. The voice and memory […]

The Pope and the Elderly

During his recent trip to the UK, Pope Benedict visited  a Catholic nursing home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor.  The 83-year-old pope identified with the elderly residents. “I come among you not only as a father, but also as a brother who knows well the joys and the struggles that come with age,” he said.  Writing on the “Thinking Faith” website run by the British Jesuits, Angela Kitching comments: If we all […]