I think it’s only natural that as we grow old, our thoughts return to the beginning and travel back to simpler times when the days seemed long and our worries were few.
I remember lazy evenings by our front door, just sitting there and watching street vendors go by. There were the maniseros (peanut vendors) and the ice cream carts. For just one nickel you could choose to get five cucuruchos de maní (small paper cones filled with freshly roasted peanuts) or a refreshing popsicle. If you were very lucky the popsicle stick would say “vale por otro” and you could redeem it for another one.
Then there were those lovely clear and balmy evenings when nothing but a stroll would do. We would walk down Tirry all the way to the Calixto Garcia bridge and back. On the way there we would pass by the Hotel Paris. There was a gentleman who lived there and would sit in the front with his dogs – I believe they were bulldogs. I thought they looked ferocious and I feared them. I realize now that they were actually very gentle. On evenings when we were really adventurous we would cross the bridge and sit a while at the Plaza de la Vigia before walking back home.
My grandmother died at 65 a month before my birth. When I was little I thought that was a ripe old age. But here I am where she was when I was born and I wonder what her thoughts were. She had been ill and in a lot of pain so I do believe she was ready. She left behind her ten children and thirteen grandchildren with three on the way and five yet to come. She was very much loved by those who knew her and for some reason I have always felt a great closeness to her.
The past 65 years seem like an eternity made up of several lifetimes – my childhood in Cuba, my 17 years in Milwaukee, my 30+ years in Miami and my just beginning life in Maryland. You’d think by now I’d have a clue. But actually I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. My forever birthday question has always been: What have I done with my life? This year I am going to throw it back and ask: What has my life done with me?
Let’s face it, no matter what our age, all we have is today – the thing to do is to embrace it, enjoy it and pray that we make the best of all our todays.
The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
If doing well you suffer patiently; this is thankworthy before God. For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow his steps.” -1Peter 2:20-21
He who wants to learn true humility should reflect upon the Passion of Jesus.– St Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul
Obedience is a virtue of so excellent a nature, that Our Lord was pleased to mark its observance upon the whole course of His life; thus He often says, He did not come to do His Own will, but that of His Heavenly Father.–Saint Francis of Sales, Doctor of the Church