Defend Life, Oct-Nov., 1998, Vol. 10, No. 7

Make retirement years count

By Mary and Ray Szyperski

Retirement days are supposed to be the Golden Years of our life. Get up late, read the paper through, with the second or third cup of coffee and an unhurried breakfast. Hopefully, you have nothing on the schedule for this day, and so can do unimportant things, like listening to the radio or watching the soap operas.

Wouldn't it be great to take time during these 'best times of your life' to take advantage of all of your experience and free time and devote these to a good cause?

Don't know of any good cause? Look around you. Being in the pro-life movement, we of course are partial. We can write letters to the editor, as well as letters (including e-mail) to our state and national representatives. One can also write well-researched pro-life articles for publication.

We can also get more personally involved in prayer vigils at abortion clinics, help pregnancy centers, work with the Knights of Columbus, the Gabriel Project churches or at its life-chain, walks, or marches in Washington, D.C., or the Annapolis March. Or attend any of the Defend Life Lecture series.

Retirement life can really be rewarding and a chance to meet other like-minded people, who really are not fanatics.

More volunteering can be done for any of the numerous pro-life organizations. You can stuff envelopes, do office work, or mail out newsletters. They can all use your help at any time.

So don't vegetate. Use your time wisely. We all can use you, your spouse and your retired friend. Give us one hour, one day, one week, one month, or hopefully a whole year. How may lives can you save? If it's only one, well, think of the future of that life and its potential.

Not only will that person thank you, but surely God will also be pleased.

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