Our Mission is positive action
Life Ascending is for all retired people regardless of age, ability, culture, and circumstances. Our whole lives, our experiences, shared values, talents, interests are a means of enriching the group meetings and beyond, as well as comforting the sick, helping the lonely and those without faith. The movement encourages members to consider ways to put their experiences and skills to good use. The friendship within groups is much valued and cherished by the members. Each and every person is very necessary and important to God and until the moment God calls us He wants to make full use of us.
There is no retirement age when it comes to doing God’s will. At every stage of life, the Lord can ask each of us to contribute what talents we have. The service of the Gospel has nothing to do with age.Letter to the Elderly in 1999 by Blessed John Paul 11
The life of the movement depends on each member as it belongs to them. It does not exist for the Church to say “how can the Church help older people?” No, it would be better to say “what can older people do to help the Church?”
In his address to thousands of La Vie Montante members at St Peter’s Basilica, Rome October 1982 Pope John Paul 11 said “You do not want to be mere helpless objects of assistance from so-called ‘active’ people.”
The majority of Life Ascending members have retired. Therefore, they are more able to join days of recollection and meet other Life Ascending members for special occasions as well as attending the bigger gatherings, such as retreats, where friendship is developed.
Positive action in small ways makes a difference
Commenting on television and radio programmes and evaluating newspaper and magazine articles, can be valuable ways in which members can contribute. Positive action can be, putting forward Christ’s values or a thought provoking viewpoint to those in the media.
Where would parishes be without all the wonderful help offered by its older members? As permanent deacons, greeters, readers, Eucharistic ministers, church cleaners and gardeners, supporting the Holy Communion and Confirmation programmes and working in the repository.
There is a great thirst for God in these strange times of isolation. People on their own are suffering mental distress, with possibly no-one to turn to. God challenges each one of us to be His apostle by our serenity and love and words of peace. Often suffering will strengthen us, enabling us to help others. Coupled with prayer it can be a source of healing.
Every stage of life is important and our experiences are riches to share.
During our lives we live through good and bad times and these help us to have a better understanding of life. Therefore when people retire from a busy working life or bringing up children, they find a new vocation awaits them. They have a wealth of experience to offer, tolerance and love to show and teach and their wisdom is greatly valued by others. With a lifetime’s experience they are able to witness christian values, particularly in respect of the dignity of human life and social justice. God is calling us to make the world a better place, at each stage of our lives and it is by using our unique gifts for others, we are able to play our part.