PROGRAM OF FORMATION ON PASTORAL CARE FOR SENIORS (4)
The Bible speaks on aging. There are Bible teachings on the nature of aging, characteristics of the aged, responsibilities of older people, and the care of older people.
Christian ministry to the aged involves caring for each elderly individual:
*as a person created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) *as a person for whom Christ cares (Matthew 25:31-46).
In the Bible, old age is considered the positive and good fulfillment of a life devoted to God. Both the blessings and responsibilities of aging are to be accepted with gratitude and in a sense of stewardship, “For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment” (2 Timothy 1:7).
In our Christian past, old age was seen as an integral part of a spiritual journey which gave meaning to the whole of one’s life. The goal of this journey was known to be union with God in the beatific vision. The characteristic condition of old age, with its frailties and dependency, could be an occasion for spiritual transformation and transcendence – for acknowledging the fundamental truth of the human condition, our dependence on God and on his love and mercy.
Copyright: Dr. G. Marquez

PROGRAMA DE FORMACION: CUIDADO PASTORAL DE PERSONAS DE LA
TERCERA EDAD (4)
La Biblia nos habla de la vejez. Hay enseñanzas bíblicas sobre la naturaleza de la vejez, Características de la vejez, Responsabilidades de las personas mayores, y el cuidado de la vejez.
El misterio cristiano de las personas mayores Incluye cuidar de cada persona mayor:
*como una persona creada a imagen y semejanza de Dios (Genesis 1:27)
*como una persona a la que Cristo cuida (Mateo 25:31- 46).
En la Biblia, la vejez es considerada como la culminación de una vida dedicada a Dios. Ambas, las bendiciones y las responsabilidades de la vejez deben ser aceptadas con gratitud y con sentido del servicio. ”Porque Dios no nos ha dado un espíritu de miedo, sino uno de fuerza, de amor y de justo juicio” (2 Timothy 1:7).
En nuestra tradición Cristiana, la vejez es vista como parte integral de nuestro peregrinar espiritual , la que le da sentido a toda la vida del ser humano. Es alcanzar la meta de este peregrinar: la unión con Dios en visión beatífica. La característica esencial de la vejez, con su fragilidad y dependencia, es ocasión de transformación espiritual y de trascendencia – cuando reconocemos la verdad fundamental de la condición humana: nuestra dependencia de Dios, de su amor y de su misericordia.
Copyright: Dr. G. Marquez

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Dr. Gelasia Marquez is an immigrant clinical and bilingual school psychologist. Dr. Marquez has studies, researches, articles, and programs aimed to help immigrant Hispanic children, adolescents and families in their processes of transition after migration