Wisdom is hard-earned, coming naturally as people age, but it also can expand with a little effort.
Dominican Sister Carla Mae Streeter, a professor emerita of systemic theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology, recently presented "Spirituality in the Second Half of Life," at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and at Incarnate Word Parish in Chesterfield.
"People in this age group have lived a lot of life -- they've experienced both grief and joy in many different forms," Sister Carla Mae said.
Construction is progressing in Bridgeton on a new nursing home being built on The Sarah Community grounds.
Founded in 1997 through the collaboration of five Catholic religious congregations -- the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Franciscan Sisters of Mary, Religious of the Sacred Heart, School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Sisters of Loretto -- The Sarah Community is a continuing care retirement community on the SSM DePaul Health Center campus that provides skilled nursing care at Anna House, assisted living at Veronica House and independent living at Naomi House.
The Missouri Knights of Columbus invite Catholic men to become members of the world's largest lay Catholic fraternal service organization.
Founded in 1882 in New Haven, Conn., by Father Michael J. McGivney, the Knights of Columbus started as a way for Catholic men to join in solidarity in defending their country, families and faith. Part of Father McGivney's vision also called for a special life insurance program to provide for widows and orphans of deceased members.
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, "that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."
Service to others is an essential characteristic of Catholic life, and those who follow the Ignatian way dedicate their lives to being "men and women for others." In their efforts, many find the blessings returned in surprising ways.