Each year at our retired faculty luncheon Kathryn Wingate is our hero. She is 102 plus years young. Her answers are cute: “Pray a lot, smile a lot and dance a lot.” She covers the spiritual, the emotional and the physical. We all know about eating a good diet, getting enough exercise, keeping a positive attitude and following God’s Spiritual program.
“History repeats itself,” is an old expression. Most of us have heard it, Perhaps many times. Certainly this is true in a limited way. One good example that has gone through my mind many times is how national leaders have turned from doing what was right. Ancient Israel, God’s chosen people, did this over and over again. When God’s patience finally gave out He would punish them severely. Other nations used to persecute His people then were punished for their crimes.
The Oak Hills Christian College alumni come together for alumni days each year. The planning committee does a great job of putting together the schedule. It lasts from Friday afternoon through Sunday forenoon. Oak Hills is a small college located outside of Bemidji, that started in 1946. Most of the older alumni were rural northern Minnesota residents.
Most of the readers of this column likely have never heard of Oak Hills. Fewer if any have ever been there. It was the outgrowth of a non-denominational missions outreach to the northwoods areas of Minnesota. Many Sunday schools and small churches were founded between 1926 and 1946. The college campus is located where two lakes come together on two sides of the campus. The beautiful wooded area was home to the headquarters and a Bible camp since the 1920s. The Bible camp is still operating and growing.
Men often request prayer that God will help them stay sober and out of trouble. The Lord wants to do that. he can only answer that prayer after we trust Him and invite Him into our hearts and lives. we still have our inherited sin nature, but then we also have the Lord living in us. These two forces oppose each other. we must decide which one to obey.
Fr. Welzbacher is ready for the next chapter in his long career. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)
On Thursday, June 13, the Rev. George Welzbacher turned 85 years old. He’s been a Roman Catholic priest for 62 years, most recently at St. John’s Catholic Church on the East Side. And with the closing of St. John’s on June 30, he’ll be going into retirement, nominally at least.
Though he’ll be moving into senior housing owned by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, he intends to keep busy, helping out at a St. Louis Park church among other things.
Life is full of mountains. We don’t like to climb mountains unless we are mountain climbers. High school and college students are required to take classes in areas where they do not do well. Workers are often required to do jobs they don’t like. Physically we may get ill or injured. What about spiritually? In some of my ministry, I often meet people who think their mountain is too high. They may feel that they once walked close to the Lord. Then bad times came. It wasn’t their fault.
We are all on a road. Our mothers and fathers started us on this road. No two of us are exactly alike. No two of us will travel exactly the same road. One thing we all have in common is that our roads will never end.
Yes, our physical life ends because it is the temporary part of each of us. The eternal part of us, the spirit or soul, lives on forever.