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Aging Out Loud

by Sr. Martinette Rivers, OLS

There is a smile on God’s face and music in His voice as He looks upon all who are aging out loud. Aging needs not only our loving, personal attention, but listening from the heart to what older adults have to say to everyone.

Henri Nouwen said, “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” Our joy must be shared with others.
Don’t allow our wrinkles or graying hair to slow down our gait or rob us of life’s aging joys as we celebrate who we have become. We can still “Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good news to all creation.” (Mark 16:15).

Our journey of aging is not finished until we finish serving others. Who knows where we are going and exactly what will happen as we age out loud by not allowing stress, loneliness and depression to take hold of our lives?

In this life only three things should be uppermost in our minds: faith, hope and love – not age. This month, create a sense of unity among others by inspiring them. Look for others who are showing us what getting older looks like and listen to the issues they are concerned about. Speak out about important aging issues. We shouldn’t keep silent or disconnect ourselves from others as we age, lest we breed all sorts of maladies of the body, mind and spirit.

For me, aging is a lifetime of fruitfulness, love, graying hair, wrinkles and the joy that is our birthright from God because we belong to Him. He is a God of unlimited abundance and has more than enough for us. Blessed are we who have made good use of our years! Blessed are the aging hearts who wait patiently for their lives to be increased, theirs is the Kingdom of God.

Time is not our enemy, but our friend. Let us not delay any longer, but age out loud, filling our lives with laughter, friends and family and allowing the Spirit to move our hearts to do new things.

May our aging out loud be iced with the beauty of our mind, spirit, connectedness and decorated with happiness, joy, respect, friends, love and laughter. May we be filled with new attitudes about what it means to be ourselves.  Thank God for all the tomorrows as we live our future closer to Him. •

Vocations View: The Identity and Role of a Deacon

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by Duane Trombetta, Seminarian

By the Sacrament of Holy Orders, a man is appointed to nourish the people of the Church with God’s Word and grace in the name of Christ.  He takes on a sacramental character and a share in Christ’s priesthood.  The word “ordination” comes from the Latin word ordinatio, which means “incorporation into an established, ordered, and governed body.”  Accordingly, Holy Orders are “ordered” into the three ranks of bishop, priest and deacon.

In a few short weeks, I will be ordained a deacon myself.  In this timely article, I will reflect upon the deacon’s identity (“who he is”), and his roles in the Church (“what he does”).

Though a deacon’s identity is different from that of a bishop or a priest, he does receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders – so, a deacon is a member of the ordained clergy. He is also a sharer in Christ’s mission and grace. In fact, a deacon holds this identity in a special way because his sacramental character configures him to Christ who is deacon, or servant, of all. In addition, a deacon is a sharer in the mission of the diocesan bishop. And because his respect and obedience extend to his local church, he is also a sharer in the mission of his pastor. Most of all, a deacon is a servant. This applies to his identity at the altar, in his administrative duties, to other clergy and, of course, to the people of God.

A deacon takes on some very important roles in the Church, each related to the “offices” of Christ: priest, prophet and king.  He participates in Christ’s priestly office by helping to sanctify the people – this includes assisting in the liturgy, celebrating the Sacraments of Baptism and Matrimony and presiding at Christian funerals.  A deacon participates in Christ’s prophetic office by proclaiming the Good News and by preaching homilies. Last but not least, a deacon participates in Christ’s kingly office by governing, guiding and administering within the parameters of his assignment – always submitting to the truth of the transcendent God.

It should be noted that ordination to the diaconate can be “permanent” or “transitional.”  This means that men over the age of 35, and married men may be ordained as permanent deacons to serve the diocese and a parish for life.

Alternately, suitable men who aspire to the priesthood may be ordained as transitional deacons for a short time, later to be ordained as priests. In the case of the transitional diaconate, the law of celibacy must remain, and he may not be married.  Regardless, both permanent and transitional deacons share the same identity and roles in the Church.

After six years of seminary studies and formation, I believe I am well-prepared and ready to receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders and to take on the identity and roles of a deacon.  I particularly identify with the diakonia of servant.  It is my hope and prayer to enjoy many years of ordained ministry to the people of the Diocese of Shreveport.

Duane Trombetta will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday, June 24, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in downtown Shreveport. All are invited and encouraged to attend this event and support Duane as he takes one of his final steps towards becoming a priest.

Additionally, there will be an informational meeting for interested men on the Permanent Diaconate on Saturday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m. in the Youth Room of the Catholic Life Center next to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Ruston. For more information on this meeting, contact Deacon Clary Nash, Director of the Permanent Diaconate, at cnash@dioshpt.org.

Second Collections for June and July

PETER’S PENCE    
Bulletin Dates: June 18th & 25th     
Collection Dates: July 1st & 2nd

A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” – Pope Francis, Angelus, March 17, 2013.

“Let’s help the Holy Father to help others!  Your contribution, however small is important.” – The Vatican website.

“Be a Witness of Charity.”  Each year, on or near the Feast of the two great apostles, Peter and Paul, the Universal Church takes up the Peter’s Pence Collection. Pope Francis, the Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth, is called upon by individuals, families, communities and nations to help them in a time of crisis and suffering. The Vicar of Christ always seeks to respond to such cries for help with the love and mercy of the Lord through the help of the Church, you, me and the Catholic faithful from every nation around the world. This collection is taken up by Catholics around the globe and helps the Holy Father reach out to the suffering in our world, especially to those enduring the effects of war and violence, natural disasters, and religious persecution. Our Holy Father leads by example as he makes the buildings, personnel and resources of the Holy See readily available to those in need. Join him!

“Be a Witness of Charity.”  Please participate generously in the Peter’s Pence Collection.  Join our Holy Father Francis in his mission, and ours, to bring the face and love of Jesus Christ to our brothers and sisters in need of compassion, help, hope and mercy.

SOLIDARITY FUND FOR THE CHURCH IN AFRICA    
Bulletin Dates: July 9th & 16th     
Collection Dates: July 22nd & 23rd

The Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa supports pastoral projects that foster lasting peace and reconciliation in a continent often marked by division and tension.  Please participate in this opportunity to stand with the people of Africa as they face these challenges.  The Pastoral Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Africa provides grants to finance pastoral projects that support the maintenance and growth of the Church in Africa. Funded projects include outreach programs, schools, evangelization and the education of clergy and lay ministers.

As I was writing this article in May of 2017, I have just sent out information to our priests that 23 million people in Africa are on the brink of starvation.  That is the equivalent to the number of people living in our Episcopal Region, including the states of:

Louisiana    4.67 million
Mississippi    4.99 million
Alabama    4.85 million
Tennessee     6.6. million
Kentucky    4.42 million

Any amount you give will alleviate the suffering of millions of people and lead to solutions that could permanently eliminate hunger in Africa and throughout the world. The Church in Africa is growing, however many people still lack access to basic resources and pastoral care.  Many suffer due to high rates of poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, poor education, disease and migration. Be generous in your support of the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa.  I thank you in advance for your five loaves and two fishes with which our Lord can do far more than we could ever hope or imagine!  •

Navigating the Faith: Whoever Has Ears Ought to Hear

by Cathy Cobb

In a recent speech, Pope Frances lamented the frenetic pace of today’s world and the lack of listening skills that so easily takes root in our families. Family members can become so absorbed in their smartphones, he remarked, that they fail to greet one another in the morning or don’t make conversation during meals. This can lead to a tendency to depersonalize others, which then extends beyond the family to the wider society. He encouraged listening over interrupting one another, as so often seen on television. “Where there is no dialogue, there is violence,” he said.

The solution to this problem is to work to improve our own listening skills. When children are learning to talk, parents spend time helping them develop expressive skills, but sometimes fail to instill another important basic communication skill: the art of good listening.

If your family does not listen well, try to quietly model what good listening looks like. Sit or stand still when others are talking and look them in the eye, nodding your head or giving body language indicating you are engaged. Sum up what others say to be sure you understood them correctly. Allow others to finish their thoughts before interrupting them. These small disciplines may yield great results. Pay attention to how often you must resist the impulse to interrupt others. It is perfectly okay to admit to your family or friends that you are working on becoming a better listener and to ask for help. With practice, daily conversations can take on more gracious tones.

When our kids were young, I asked my husband to help me model good listening skills for our kids. We began to make a concentrated effort not to interrupt the kids and to ask them not to interrupt us. Instead of giving them generalized lectures about communicating, we looked for specific suggestions for better listening that we could share, such as turning off the television or other background noise when someone was speaking. We asked them questions about what they were saying. When we spoke to the kids, we asked them to stop what they were doing, look at us and repeat what we had told them to be sure that we were all on the same page. To avoid non-urgent interruptions, we put a notebook and a pencil in a drawer in the kitchen to write a note of what they wanted to remember.

We quickly began to see benefits in our family life, and our new listening habits also improved how we communicated with others outside our home. My desire to be a better listener has spilled over into my prayer life. I realized I had been talking to God more than I had been listening for what God has in mind for me.

When we are willing to listen to God, we discover such wonderful Good News which is ready to come alive on our hearts if we will only allow it in. In Mark 4:9, after telling the parable of the sower, Jesus says, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.” When he makes this statement, he is encouraging us to listen not just with our physical ears, but to make ourselves present to others with our whole beings. When we talk to Jesus, he shows how to listen beyond the words that come forth from our mouths. He hears that what we are truly asking for is healing, peace and love. When we offer others this type of listening, we can be like seeds that fall on the rich soil and produce much fruit. May God grant us all ears that can truly hear.

Listening Skills to Develop

  • Body language: Look the person speaking to you in the eye. Nod your head.
  • Encourage: Let your speaker know you are interested in what they have to say. “Oh, really?” “Yes, I understand.”
  • Clarify: Summarize what you have heard to be sure you understand it.
  • Wait until you are ready to listen: If you aren’t able to give your full attention, ask your speaker to wait until you can.
  • Pay attention: Try to avoid thinking up the next thing you want to say while the other person is talking.
  • Don’t interrupt: Let someone finish their thought before jumping in with yours.
  • Manners: If you must interrupt for an urgent matter, excuse yourself and explain the urgency. Only do this for important reasons!
  • Avoid distractions: It is easier to hear what someone wants to tell you when you eliminate background distractions such as computers, mobile devices or televisions.
  • Pray: Spend time reading and praying with scripture, set aside time for listening to God. Take time to pray for the people who want you to listen to them.

 

Domestic Church: Out of Habit with Prayer

by Katie Sciba

Our two-year-old daughter Jane does not stay in bed, at least not on her own. It takes one of us parents sitting vigilantly nearby to compel her to obey and be quiet so she’ll fall asleep. Sometimes the whole process lasts hours.

For the most part I kill time with crossword puzzles or Facebook, but the wait for her to drift off can be painstakingly boring. Several weeks ago when I took my turn to watch Jane, I impulsively grabbed a rosary off the shelf and began praying. Full disclosure: this was not like me. I historically find all kinds of reasons to avoid reciting the Rosary – it takes too long, or I lose my train of thought so it doesn’t feel prayerful, or I don’t feel like it. Nearly in spite of myself, I made my way through the Glorious Mysteries, praying each decade for one of our five children.

The next night, I sat with Jane again – this time willingly – and took up my beads. I meditated on the Joyful Mysteries with my husband at the heart of my intentions. The next night I prayed again. And again the one after.

The Rosary, or just prayer in general, can feel like such a task when we’re out of habit. And, out of habit, it’s easy to give credence to even the weakest reasons to avoid it. In our busyness we say there’s no time or we’re too tired. In our frailty we say we don’t feel like it or we don’t get anything out of it.

I’ve heard that we have to make time to pray and while this is true, we can also find it hidden under seemingly innocuous habits. I didn’t realize it, but Facebook and mindless time online were in the way of what has by grace become a new devotion for me. Every day at work or at home holds natural rhythms of heightened activity and calm and it’s within the calm that we find the time to speak with Jesus. I discovered my downtime in the watch over my toddler, which is plenty of time for a Rosary. In other seasons of life, periods of quiet were shorter than five minutes, during which I could manage a couple of prayers and petitions. In both circumstances, looking heavenward was far better than anything else I could have done to fill the gap.

And once we find the time to pray, we have to push ourselves to seize it. Ask Jesus to give you the will to pray and know that he’s ready to shower you with grace to move closer to him.

In prayer and meditation, Jesus has given me a deeper understanding of his miraculous life on earth and assurance of his divine will. Another fruit of praying has been the ability to see my family through the Lord’s eyes. I see more clearly than ever that they are precious; and not only that, but I better grasp the fact that as a wife, as a mother, it’s my task and privilege to help these particular souls get to heaven. Now, where once was a dreaded period of boredom is time gladly spent with God.

Faithful Food: Vulnerability and Risk

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by Kim Long

Words and their meanings have become causalities in our current world. It seems we can be overly casual with their meanings, “loving” everything from soda to chocolate and “knowing” all who cross our paths.

Recently I attended three funeral services within a week. The pews were filled with people who were drawn by shared experiences with the deceased. Perhaps something as casual as a connection by marriage, rather than blood, a conversation from which we walked away transformed or even sitting together in shared silence.

Driving home from funeral number two, which was “out in the country,” I reflected on the concept of knowing someone else (or oneself for that matter) and the word “vulnerability” kept popping up.

Poet and storyteller Jack Shea in his talk on Christmas themes in Luke and Matthew, spoke about the vulnerability of a baby born in a stable, making the contrast that Luke’s gospel “is like an aria, everyone singing all the time” while Matthew’s gospel “is much gloomier with Herod wanting to kill the baby.”

A vulnerable Jesus did not rest well on my mind years ago when I first heard these talks. I had been taught Jesus was strong, all-knowing and all-forgiving of my shortcomings. On that drive going from what felt like one world to another, I began to realize that vulnerability cuts both ways: Jesus coming in the form of a baby and Jesus hanging on a cross. In these scenes vulnerability isn’t just encouraged, it is modeled for us by Jesus from birth to death. Jesus opened himself up to everyone, being vulnerable and taking the ensuing risk each situation offered – who am I not to follow?

Popular culture doesn’t encourage vulnerability, preferring to push the narrative of self. Jesus was so countercultural. His embrace of vulnerability is echoed in the lives of the people I knew who died that week. They lived full lives, accomplished many deeds, touched many and through those transcendent moments continue to be present in the lives of those still here.

Sitting in the pew in three different churches I realized I had been more influenced than I realized by popular culture’s love affair with self and privacy, not being vulnerable, not letting people in, not taking a risk.

For example, I will cook for the bereaved, pray for any request, serve in whatever way I can, but I seldom ask for prayer, or say I need much of anything. I seldom admit my own vulnerability. I don’t want to take any more risks, instead telling myself there is too much to lose. Driving home from one of the funerals, I realized there is so much to gain. I had wandered far from Emmaus, far from who I had known myself to be.

In the words of modern day mystic Bob Seger, “The ashes smolder and the fire is soon gone, we end up cold and only on our own. I’ll take my chances babe, I’ll risk it all, I’ll win your love or I’ll take a fall.”

While this might not seem like an engraved invitation, this is exactly that: we are invited to take the risk, be vulnerable and be amazed at what there is to be known.

“As the Father has loved me so I love you, remain in my love.”

Recipe for a Life Well-Lived

Directions:
1)  Take the life you have been given and open it carefully. You don’t want to miss the wonder it has for you.

2)  Add experiences that can be found at the intersection of vulnerability and risk.

3)  When you have enough, process the mixture with a combination of gentleness and forgiveness.

4)  To this mixture add humor (not too much of the self deprecating variety, it tends to sour the mixture). Stir well.

5)  Add blessings and burdens, laughter and sorrow. Blend well and bring this to your Creator on a daily basis.

6) Repeat these steps daily.

In Review: Mission from the Depths by Tim Rinaldi

Mission from the Depths
by Tim Rinaldi

reviewed by Marie Rinaudo

In the middle of his first year at Tulane University, Michael was struggling to stay focused on his studies.  Unhappy and dissatisfied with his friends, he was beginning to question if he really belonged in the university.  Then one afternoon when he and his friends were drinking and playing ball, Michael accidentally broke a window in the nearby Catholic Center. Faced with possible expulsion, he went to the priest to resolve the disciplinary issue.  To his surprise, the priest recommended that Michael perform service hours on the university’s spring mission trip to Honduras. Reluctant yet relieved that he would at least be able complete his freshman year, Michael accepted.

This event is the opening of Tim Rinaldi’s first novel, Mission from the Depths, a fictionalized version of his first mission trip to Honduras. Through the eyes of Michael Rhodes, we experience the Honduran land and people. The airport was outdated and unkempt, the streets had few stop lights and no visible lanes, the cars were old and in disrepair, the unpainted houses had sagging doors and broken windows and some were enclosed by concrete walls topped with barbed wire. Weeds, grass and trash lined every street. The conditions grew worse as the missionaries made their first stop to assist the homeless. Initially, the people lined up in an orderly fashion to receive their share of food and clothes; however, as the pace slowed to a halt, the crowd grew restless and several began shoving and throwing punches as they climbed aboard the truck and grabbed whatever they could carry – food, clothes, supplies.

Following that disturbing incident, Michael began to seriously question the value of the mission. He repeated silently what soon became a kind of mantra:  “What am I doing here?”

The next stop was even more troubling. The children at the Dios de Amor shelter had been diagnosed with HIV and lived in quarantined conditions.  Michael could not fathom how such a situation was possible. His growing depression soon became obvious to Abby, a seasoned missionary. As she described the next stop at an elementary school, she gave Michael simple and practical advice:  give the mission a chance, focus on the children, try to make them happy, forget about yourself.

In the days that followed, Michael threw himself into playing soccer with the kids, looking out for those who seemed sad or lonely.  As the days of Holy Week began, he entered into the spirit of the Lenten prayers and services.  The rituals filled Michael with solemnity and joy as he joined the villagers in praying Christ’s passion and resurrection.

After returning to Tulane, Michael was still under the spell of the mission, but gradually everyday life encroached and he began to sink slowly into darkness. Fortunately, Fr. Lydon recognized this and decided to take action. When he met with Michael, he told Michael to take the leadership role for the next mission.
At this point the plot begins to unspool.  Though Michael worked feverishly on plans for the upcoming mission, he loses his focus in distractions: politics, personal ambition and romantic entanglements. He almost derails the mission as he forgets for a time the purpose of the mission: to improve the life of the villagers.  It is primarily his affection for the Honduran people and land that leads to his redemption.

Anyone who has ever experienced the transformative power of a mission trip will readily understand Michael’s commitment and perseverance.
Ten percent of all sales of Mission from the Depths supports the villages that Rinaldi sponsors.

Mission from the Depths is available for purchase from Amazon.com, or www.timrinaldi.com.

Mike’s Meditations: Embracing All Prayer Types

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by Mike Van Vranken

I recently overheard two people discussing (maybe arguing) about whose form of prayer was best. One thought Sunday Mass was the best form of prayer because they could pray while hearing God’s Word, while taking communion, and while sharing the entire experience with other believers. The other was convinced that being one with God in a personal, individual engagement with the Almighty was the only way to pray. Of course, to put God in a box and suggest there is only one best way to be with Him limits our ability to experience Him in all things. In other words, it is not about pitting personal and internal prayer against vocal and communal prayer; it’s always about both. God is available to us in countless ways and forms. To limit those opportunities may be the saddest and most shallow decision we humans can make.

We know that the temple in Jerusalem and the local synagogues were important to Jesus’ faith walk. In Luke’s gospel, we are told it was Jesus’ custom to attend and even teach at the synagogue. We also find similar scriptures of Jesus in the temple.  If praying with a community was important to Jesus, it should be important to us too, right?

When we consider we are members of the Body of Christ, communal worship is a no brainer. It unites our praise and worship into a single celebration that more than just shows our connectedness as a body; it also solidifies our understanding that we are all daughters and sons of the living God. The joining together in prayer actually produces an experience of strength that reminds us we are not alone and we have comfort, support and encouragement in all the people around us.

Additionally, when we see Christ in the person next to us, we begin to realize that we have more in common with our diverse population than we first thought. It makes it easier to forgive, to assist, to feed and clothe and heal everyone around us because the Holy Trinity resides in each of us.

At the same time, even though we can and should find God in all things, especially in each other, we still have that inner desire to be one with God on a very personal and intimate basis.  Yes, we can hear about God’s love, and even feel it in other people. But, I have found there is nothing that compares to the truly knowing God’s love that comes from engaging one-on-one with the Father, Son and Spirit who is within me.  And again, if we want examples from Jesus, the scriptures are full of stories where he went off and prayed alone to the Father all night.

What did the desert fathers, the monks and the mystics all have in common?  A deep inner life of oneness with God that allowed them to experience the one who loved them first. Once they personally knew the lover, they fell in love with God in a way they didn’t know possible. They continually joined with Him in quiet, contemplative prayer. A prayer that was so devoted to the lover that they didn’t ask for favors or petitions. They talked with God, listened to Him, communed with Him and loved Him beyond their own beliefs. They realized the more personal and intimate love they gave to God, the more love they received in return. Consequently, the same love they shared with God, could now be shared with all people. And their experiences were so deeply interwoven with God, it was always hard for them to find words to communicate them.

Sometimes I’m asked how a person can begin a very personal and intimate prayer experience.  My advice is to consider a certified Spiritual Director for help. They are neither counselors nor therapists. Instead, their role is to help you with your relationship with God. You will have conversations with them about your prayer life and the ways you detect that God is moving in your life. He or she is interested in your actual experiences with God. It is as simple and as deep as that.

So, if you have limited yourself to either weekly or daily communal prayer with your church, or a regular interior and intimate contemplative time with God, I urge you to consider encountering the Holy Trinity in both forms.  Just as they were both valuable to Jesus, I believe you will find them both very beneficial to you and your relationship with God as well.  It’s not either one or the other… It’s “both/and.”

Mike is a writer, teacher, and co-author of the book, Faith Positive in a Negative World. You can contact him at  www.mikevanvrankenministries.org

May is Older Americans’ Month!

by Sr. Martinette Rivers, OLS

There is a smile on Gods face and music in His voice as He looks upon all the agers in America who are aging out loud.

President John F. Kennedy began this celebration of older people in 1963 and encouraged us to celebrate the month of May in a very special way. Aging needs not only our loving, personal attention, but listening from the heart to what older adults have to say to everyone.

We are put on earth for a purpose. Cant you see the hand of God in your life?  We’ve got a secure future in Gods hands. The patron saint of joy is St. Philip Neri and, like him, we all have to walk across every bridge we meet. Have we crossed the bridge yet? What are you doing on the other side as you age?  Let his joy be your gift this month as you smile and help someone.

Henri Nouwen said, “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” Our joy must be shared with others.

Don’t allow your wrinkles or graying hair to slow down your gait or rob you of life’s aging joys this month, as we celebrate who we have become. You can still “Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good news to all creation.” (Mark 16:15).

Our journey of aging is not finished until we finish serving others. Who knows where we are going and exactly what will happen as we age out loud by not allowing stress, loneliness and depression take hold of our lives?

In this life only three things should be uppermost in our minds: faith, hope and love – not age. This month, create a sense of unity among others by inspiring them. Look for others who are showing us what getting older looks like today and listen to the issues they are concerned about. Speak out about important aging issues. We shouldn’t keep silent or disconnect ourselves from others as we age, lest we breed all sorts of maladies of the body, mind and spirit.

For me, aging is a lifetime of fruitfulness, love, graying hair, wrinkles and the joy that is our birthright from God because we belong to Him. He is a God of unlimited abundance and has more than enough for us. Blessed are we who have made good use of our years!

Blessed are the aging hearts who wait patiently for their lives to be increased, theirs is the Kingdom of God.

Time is not our enemy, but our friend. Let us not delay any longer, but age out loud, filling our lives with laughter, friends, family, doing what we want to do, allowing the Spirit to move your heart to do new things.

May your aging out loud be iced with the beauty of your mind, spirit, connectedness, and decorated with happiness, lots of joy, respect, friends, love and laughter.  At the end of the month, may you be filled with new attitudes about what it means to be yourself and to age out loud.  Thank God for all the tomorrows and live into the future closer to Him.

“We will be remembered forever by the tracks we leave,” is an old Native American saying. Happy Older Americans Month!