Reflection for Wednesday, October 24, 2007: 29th week in Ordinary Time.

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Callone, Pat
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"Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, And still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more."|"Whenever I read the passage referenced above from Luke's Gospel, I am reminded of how much I have been given and how much I should be giving back to the Lord in his people.||Like many of you, I have been born in a wonderful country that has fought for its freedoms. A country that is not without flaws.... but a country that is "rich" in so many ways when compared with the world's population.||I have been given an outstanding education, good health, a mind and body that can think and do for others. I am most blessed among many women in our world...||So what direction does this gospel passage give me? And perhaps you, who are as blessed as I am?||At the end of the day, when we review what has gone on in our lives, I am reminded to ask myself these questions: ||and #8226;How focused have I been in reaching out to and doing good for God's people? |and #8226;How well did I contribute to the dignity of persons with whom I live and work?|and #8226;How can I do better?|At 70 years of age, I have decided to focus my energy on ways to help stop elder abuse/mistreatment. As a caregiver for three persons in my family who died from Alzheimer's disease and related complications, I have been in the position to see how elder mistreatment can occur.||As U.S. medical professionals have knowledge to support longevity of life, it still does not have the answers as to how to help vulnerable older persons live "quality" lives that support their dignity.||Good and gracious God, help us be attuned to the dignity of the vulnerable people who live and work with us. Fill our hearts with Your compassion so that each person we touch will be better for our being in their lives. Amen.
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