Easter and the Cycle of Human Life
The normal cycle of human life from womb to tomb includes birth, growth and development, aging and death.
Real growth is a rich and varied time with joys and sorrows, hopes and disappointments, successes and failures. Then for many there is the aging process and for all, at whatever age, death.
Despite the difficulties (and for some there is much difficulty) when rightly viewed we know life is truly a precious gift and the life cycle truly amazing. It was uplifting to read recently of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to a home for the elderly run by the Sant ’ Edgio Community in Rome.
Age is just one stage of the cycle of life. It can be seen by many as negative, a poor time and even a useless stage.
Pope Benedict had some very special words to say to these people. They were more than words because they obviously came from his personal reflections on his own aging.
He said “….I am well acquainted with the difficulties, problems and limitations of this age…” “At times, we may look back nostalgically at our youth when we were fresh and planning for the future. “ “…although I am aware of the difficulties our age entails I would like to tell you with deep conviction; it is beautiful to be old! At every phase of life it is necessary to be able to discover the presence and blessing of the Lord and the riches they bring”. “In our faces may there always be the joy of feeling loved by God and not sadness”.