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2nd Sunday Advent (B)

Listen and convert

When I was about to go to study in the year 2003, many people asked me why I was going to study at my age. My answer to them was and still is “I have to prepare myself for the days when I no longer have the energy to run a parish.”

Today as I am about to enter the ranks of retirees—or should I say responsible persons—I feel the need ever more urgently to be able to do something useful. Then as now, I would not like to end my days sitting before a TV set sipping coffee or scotch. Growing old has made me very aware of the need to prepare myself for a useful retirement and a happy eternity.

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