Think Getting Old Is All Bad? Author to Discuss Spirituality of Aging

By Luebke, Nancy | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), March 4, 2006 | Go to article overview

Think Getting Old Is All Bad? Author to Discuss Spirituality of Aging


Luebke, Nancy, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Nancy Luebke Daily Herald Correspondent

"The Spirituality of Aging" at St. Margaret Mary Church in Naperville will offer the idea that aging is not the beginning of the end, but a part of God's plan for human happiness.

Richard P. Johnson, a nationally recognized spiritual gerontologist, will present the program from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 15 at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1450 Green Trails Drive, Naperville.

"Richard Johnson focuses on positive aspects of aging. He's trying to harness the positives - the knowledge and wisdom people have gained and how they can put this to use in society. He's an exciting and engaging speaker," said Sister Madelyn Gould, director of adult faith formation at St. Margaret Mary Church.

The program is appropriate for anyone who is 55 years or older or people of any age who have people 55 years or older in their lives. The program is open to people of all denominations.

Johnson is a Roman Catholic with a doctorate in clinical counseling and author of 13 books. He will base his presentation on his book, "The 12 Keys to Spiritual Vitality: Powerful Lessons on Living Agelessly," published in 1998. The book explains keys to living in the form of 12 lessons that help readers tap into the wisdom and grace that come with age.

Johnson writes about the keys to maturing the way God intended, which are: changing attitudes, seeking love everywhere, accepting your true self, letting go of anger, forgiving yourself and others, delighting in connectedness, living in the now, celebrating faith, giving of yourself, making your feelings work for you, finding deep meaning and balancing your life. He will touch on these lessons during his presentation.

Johnson first spoke at the church last year. …

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