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Channels of Wisdom

Listening and learning from the older generation

By: Anne Costa

Channels of Wisdom: Listening and learning from the older generation by Anne Costa

Mary’s visit to Elizabeth shortly after the annunciation is usually understood as a mission to assist her elder relative in preparation for the birth of John the Baptist. Another way to look at this, however, is that the visit also afforded Elizabeth the opportunity to pass down wisdom to her younger kinswoman, a tradition of sharing that has gone on throughout human history.

In a special way, women are usually the memory keepers in the family. They collect photographs, keep scrapbooks, and record family history....

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