MORTALITY, LEGACY, AND GRATITUDE
One of this week’s inserts promotes our free November 30 morning seminar, called “Preparing for Heaven.” Check it out for details. I think it’ll be a great morning, with food for body and soul, along with useful information.
I was originally thinking of calling this column, “You’re Going to Die”, based on an October 30 article in the StarTribune. That’s a rather jarring headline, so I went with mortality.
When I was younger, I rarely thought about my mortality. I have to admit I’m thinking more about it these days—and not just because of stark headlines. I’ve lost my fair share of friends and family members over the years.
A much younger friend recently called me “spry”. I guess it’s a compliment. As someone else at the same table pointed out, “spry” is not a word used to describe young people.
At any rate, I’m looking forward to the seminar on Thursday the 30th. I have things to learn, for myself and others in my family. As a recent Giving Thanks Fundraiser winner (DH) put it to me, planning ahead is a great gift to others in our lives. My daughter will thank me for my preparation. I’d like my legacy to be something other than way too many boxes of her dad’s stuff.
Meanwhile, those mortality reminders keep coming up. As I recently read, “In whatever you do, remember your last days, and you will never sin.” (Sirach 7:36)
November is the month of the liturgical year during which we remember our beloved dead. We place our Book of the Dead in church, for you to write names in. I urge you to do so.
Let us be grateful for God’s gifts to us: life, family, friends and all good things. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you for your support, and have a great week!