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When I celebrated 65 years old, seven years ago, my family gave me a large wall hanging that offered 65 different reasons why they loved me. Needless to say, I treasure it as the most concise example of “Who I am” by ones who I love dearly.
Who am I? As I prepare to turn 72, I am husband, father, grandfather and friend. To bring the ‘kingdom of God’ into the world each day, I cannot detach myself from those roles. It is for them and for all living beings that I attempt to practice the two great commandments and the gift of the Holy Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, to which I also add forgiveness and generosity. Maybe the more succinct answer is that God is Love and I am blessed that it flows through me.