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Fr. LeRoy Scheierl
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Week of December 17. 2017

This weekend is what we call “Gaudete Sunday” which in Latin means “Rejoice.” This is why some priests will wear a pink vestment instead of usual purple. It’s just one way to set this day aside and remind us that beneath this minor penitential time of year called, Advent, there is reason to rejoice because a Savior is about to be born! (By the way, I want to thank some special members of our twinned parish community who donated our two new pink vestments for this occasion and for both locations. Their names shall remain anonymous.)

In the spirit of Gaudete Sunday then, I thought I would provide you with something humorous, another way at looking at our life as we grow old. Having reached the later part of “middle age” in my own life, I can relate to this. It’s entitled: “God’s Plan for Aging” with a few adaptions from myself.

Most seniors never get enough exercise. So, in His great wisdom, God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys, and other things thus doing more walking. And, God looked down and saw that it was good! Then God saw there was another need to stretch. In His wisdom God made seniors lose their coordination so they would drop things requiring them to reach and bend. And, God looked down and saw that it was good! Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature thus making more trips to the bathroom requiring to be more attentive to their health. And, God looked down and saw that it was good! Then God considered how as people get older, they tend to speak less and not use their vocal cords so He caused them to lose their hearing compelling them to have to often say, “What!?” thus using their voices more. And, God looked down and saw that it was good! Finally, God saw how cynical some older people were as they grow old and so God caused them to lose much their sight so they would overlook other people’s mistakes. And, God looked down and saw that it was good!

So, if you find as you age you are getting up and down more often, losing most of your hearing and mind and sight, remember it’s all part of God’s plan to make you a better person like Jesus. It is in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath.

Words to live by: “All of us should take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.” Here’s hoping the rest of your Advent Season is filled with hope and joy and peace…along with a little exercise!

Peace!

Fr. LeRoy Scheierl

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