Clemens and Charlie Brown © Mike Keefe, Denver Post

Century Marks

Recipe for living: Paul Coutinho, a Jesuit priest from India, reports that the year before he was ordained his godmother discovered she had cancer. At first she was depressed and scared, but then she had a deep experience of God that led her to say, “Today I do not pray for a cure for myself. I pray that God will help someone find a cure for cancer so that the thousands who come after me will profit and benefit from that cure.” She had only one prayer for herself, that she would “live one day at a time and live as fully as I can,” which she did. One of her last acts was to ask her husband for paper and a pencil. He thought she wanted to write her last will and testament, but instead she wrote down simple recipes he could use to feed their children (How Big Is Your God? Loyola Press).


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