The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

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Live A Full Life

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As the years eventually catch up with us, we all begin to lose that spring in our step, but have you noticed that no matter how old people become, they never lose their attractiveness? It simply moves from their face to their heart. Today we are given the impression that a person's usefulness end at 65 or 70, which is absolute nonsense and a waste of a vast potential. Pablo Picasso produced some of his greatest works when he was in his nineties. Oscar Rubinstein gave one of his greatest recitals when he was eighty nine. A lady not many of us will have heard of called Marjorie Stoneham Douglas was credited with saving the Florida Everglades when she was 90.

When you read the Bible it becomes even more amazing, Moses was 120 when he died and the Bible tells us, "His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated." The Bible also tells us that Noah built the ark when he was 500, although he may have had some help with this construction.

Life isn't all over until God says it's all over and we should live every moment he gives us to the fullest. There is an old saying, "The older the violin, the sweeter the tune," So we should all pick up our bows and make some music while we still can. When someone told the 89year old poet Dorothy Duncan that she had lived a full life, she sharply replied, "Don't you dare use past tense about me!"

If we're not too old to learn and we haven't outlived our enthusiasm, then we can all still bear fruit in our old age - so it's up to us to keep on trying. "

If you can still breathe, then pray! If you can speak, then encourage others! If you can recall, then share your wisdom with others and remember creation! It's wonderful what God can do in just one day, so give him all the days you have left of your life.

"My Father is working still and I am working; now and forever."

Published Fri 7th Sep 2018 20:50:46
Last Modified on Fri 7th Sep 2018 20:50:46

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