Love is patient

By Robert Reilly| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family Seniors Spirituality
When I bought her the valentine, she smiled, but I knew the card was more for me than her. She didn't really know what it said. I read the message aloud, and she smiled again. I had to be satisfied with that.

 

My wife is one of America's 4 million Alzheimer's victims. She has had the disease more than nine years and, until a few months ago, I've been her inept caregiver. But you should know her first as a person, not merely a statistic.


Love is patient

By Robert Reilly| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family Seniors Spirituality
When I bought her the valentine, she smiled, but I knew the card was more for me than her. She didn't really know what it said. I read the message aloud, and she smiled again. I had to be satisfied with that.

 

My wife is one of America's 4 million Alzheimer's victims. She has had the disease more than nine years and, until a few months ago, I've been her inept caregiver. But you should know her first as a person, not merely a statistic.


"Don't miss the second half"

By A U.S. Catholic interview| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality

As he's entered middle age, Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, who has been riding the spirituality circuit for more than 30 years, has started to think about life in halves: the first dedicated to establishing boundaries and a sense of self in one's own group, the second to opening oneself to a more universal vision of the world.

 


I think we're alone now: How to keep your nest feathered when your children have flown the coop

By Virginia Curran Hoffman| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family

There are many passages in the parent-child relationship: birth, weaning from the breast or bottle, preschool or kindergarten, high school, full-time work or college, the first serious relationship, the first apartment, college graduation, earning a wage and paying bills. Each has its own mixture of pride and fear, encouragement and nostalgia.


Assisted Living

By Kathy Saunders| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family Spirituality
The decline of a parent is not just a physical and financial challenge, it's a spiritual one as well.


Young at heart

By Patty Gayes| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Seniors
Little kids and old folks find comfort in each other’s company at an intergenerational center.

At age 3, Annie was everyone’s darling, an outgoing little imp who amused the elderly clients at the fledgling day services facility with her songs, dances, and endless prattle. The daughter of a staff member there, she was short on inhibitions, known to hop up on the lap of the wheelchair-bound clients and ask for a ride around the room.


Young at heart

By Patty Gayes| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Seniors
Little kids and old folks find comfort in each other’s company at an intergenerational center.

At age 3, Annie was everyone’s darling, an outgoing little imp who amused the elderly clients at the fledgling day services facility with her songs, dances, and endless prattle. The daughter of a staff member there, she was short on inhibitions, known to hop up on the lap of the wheelchair-bound clients and ask for a ride around the room.


Asking for direction ... finally

By Peter Feureherd| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Seniors Spirituality
Sometimes the best place to talk to Catholic baby boomer men about spirituality is far removed from the quiet of a church sanctuary.

 

Kevin Bartels of Queens, New York, 48, is talking about God while some of his fellow baby boomers play weekend basketball at a city playground, a weekly ritual he partakes in with as much diligence as he attends to his Sunday Mass obligation.


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