“Conscious Living, Conscious Aging” by Ron Pevny is the book that eighteen of us seniors, women and men, are reading this year in our spiritual book club. Ron Pevny is encouraging us to "embrace and savor" the present, while moving into the next stage in our lives. He skillfully does this by "offering fresh guidance for how to grow old consciously and with intention." Throughout the book he invites us into positive aging by helping us focus on our potential for growth, for visitation and spiritual fulfillment. He is helping us to distill wisdom from our many years of life experience, deal with our loss and grief, identify new passions, share our stories of pain and healin g, and essentially, help us to remain engaged and relevant as we move into the Essence of Elderhood. For many of us, this is the journey we are presently embracing. Let us find the Gift in our aging.
"The pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so stretched the planet's capacity that our contemporary lifestyle, unsustainable as it is, can only precipitate catastrophes, such as those which even now periodically occur in different areas of the world. The effects of the present imbalance can only be reduced by our decisive action, here and now." Pope Francis, Laudato Si (161).
A GOOD BOOK: Joyce Rupp has been one of my favorite authors for many years now. I've used some of her material in retreats and group processes to invite myself and others to a deeper sense of God within and without. Her latest book "Fly While You Still Have Wings" companioned me on my eight-day retreat in August. It is a series of reflections on what she verbalizes in the subtitle as "other lessons my resilient mother taught me." It was timely for me as I walk in the wake of my mother's death last year and my brother Marcel's death in June of this year, as well as a number of our Congregation of Notre-Dame companions here in Kingston. I have come to know that grief doesn't happen in the blink of an eye; it takes time and space. Joyce Rupp writes candidly and poignantly of her journey through grief 14 years after her mother's death. You may also enjoy the read!