The Word Among Us

October 2007 Issue

A Countercultural Approach to Aging

A new book explores "creative opportunities" for ministry.

By: Mary Ann Russo

Less than two years into her marriage, Marie received the crushing news that she had multiple sclerosis. She and her husband, Jim, were devastated, their hopes for a beautiful future dashed. As they searched for cures, their emotions oscillated between anger and resignation. Sometimes they prayed more.

Marie’s physical strength and agility diminished rapidly. Within four years of her diagnosis, she was bedridden. She died six months later,...

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