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The Dignity of Old Age

The Dignity of Old Age

  Therese Ettiene
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One of the lessons I can take from the ordination of Bishop Clyde Martin Harvey, is the dignity of old age. I use the term “old age” unapologetically, for there is nothing belittling about it.  There is nothing shameful about it, as perhaps suggested by popular media, and the promotion and celebration of youth culture. 

Bishop Emeritus Sydney Charles is the quintessence of the dignity of old age.  He was chair-ridden, and house-ridden, but that did not stop him from participating in the ordination.  He was gently and gracefully, “chauffeured” into the sanctuary. He still appeared delightful, despite obvious limitations, as he always has been.  It was a very moving moment to see the congregation’s response when he was wheeled in.

I thought to myself that I was thankful that there were many children and youth present, so that they will associate old age with dignity.

While we have work to do in society particularly in restoring some rapidly disappearing values, I am thankful that Grenada still demonstrates great respect and love for the elderly.


 868,    Catholic Focus

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