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I have become interested lately in the religious paintings of  Stanley Spencer (!891-1959). One of them is entitled 'Old Men' (below).

I ask myself: Beyond middle age, does spirituality become more relevant for me? Does it take on an added urgency in my daily life? Do I see age having its own spiritual path as I engage with the difficult, and more relevant, questions about loss, meaning, and mortality? Can I embrace a more constructive role for things like regret, shame and guilt?

What, I may ask, is a spiritually healthy vision of aging?


very interesting questions!!!
i will be very interested in your answers

as for me
i am not that much younger than you
i can't think about "old"
i have too much to do
too many responsibilities
but i know i need my "practice"

i find you amazing!
thanks for being here
My own interest in the role old age plays on the spiritual growth of a person - especially a person in religion - is in the area of sexuality. This is a deeply personal area fraught with difficulties.

Many elderly people, it appears, continue to enjoy an active and fulfilling sex life. Closeness, intimacy and touch are lifelong needs that do not get old, even when we do. But Christianity's relationship to sexuality has been traditionally antagonistic and not well understood or dealt with. This is especially so in regard to the spiritual development of older religious. It has been, in fact, a no-go area.

Hence, my present interest in the subject.
thank you

touch is such a basic part of social interaction
members of the simian family groom each other
it's part of their world
cats groom each other
the cat on my lap bumps my hand with her head
PET ME! it's our social time
she licks my hand to groom me

not all touch is sexual
that should be obvious
sex is natural not sinful
that should be obvious also
( i blame a lot of this on Monica!)

we teach children about
"good" and "not good" touching
really what is appropriate

hopefully, the church will begin to realize
how appropriate and necessary
human intimacy and touch are
and not all sexual