September 15, 2023

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Age, wisdom help us understand we are called to care for others

It’s amazing how age can give you a new perspective.

When I was young, I knew I wanted to get to heaven and avoid hell, so I resolved to follow all the rules as closely as possible and avoid doing anything wrong.

Now, after many, many years, I realize it’s not the rules you follow, it’s the love and caring that you bring to your life that will make the difference.

Jesus was not a huge advocate of every rule (just ask the Pharisees), but he was a person who lived a life of love, teaching his followers that loving God and caring for others are what’s important in life.

Before he left this Earth, he gave us his body and blood in the Eucharist as the primary way to change us into the people God wants us to be.

We receive Jesus in the Eucharist, and he becomes one with us; his heavenly food builds up our bodies and energizes us. But we also become one with him; we become his body and blood and his hands and feet and voice to those around us, and with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to guide us, we do our part, small though it may be, to bring God’s love to the world.

We have to turn around the world’s message of caring for yourself first into caring for others first, even if it hurts.

- Mike Walro | Hanover

Reader: Kudos to Criterion staff for their excellence in journalism

Congratulations to The Criterion staff for the numerous awards they received for excellence in journalism.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis is fortunate to have a very talented staff writing for our Catholic newspaper.

- Mary Ann Klein | Indianapolis

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