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By Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, The Catholic Thing, Dec. 6, 2020
Father Jerry J. Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington. He is pastor of St. Catherine of Siena parish in Great Falls, Virginia.
The season of Advent is a season of spiritual preparation to meet Jesus. We will meet Him in the manger on Christmas Day; we will meet him in Holy Communion at Mass; we will meet Him when we enter eternity. We need to prepare ourselves spiritually, acknowledging our sins with a good Confession during these days. But caring for our bodies also binds in conscience: “You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor. 6:19)
The poetry of the Psalms occasionally has a disturbing realism. Psalm 90 admonishes us: “Seventy is the sum of our years, or eighty, if we are strong; most of them are toil and sorrow; they pass quickly, and we are gone.” Life is inching away from us, and the latest in medical technology can only postpone the inevitable.
A wise doctor once said that people generally go to the doctor for healing before they reach the age of 50. After 50, the role of a doctor is to slow an inevitable decline. It’s a nugget of wisdom that is worth keeping in mind as we ask ourselves, “How do I properly care for – glorify – a body that will die someday?” …