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with Fr. Roy Cimagala

The real anti-aging

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Many people today, especially the women and some men, are quite concerned about aging. And they can get obsessed with how to slow or delay it, if not avoid it altogether.

This, to me, is quite understandable, because deep within our heart and soul, we want to live forever, we want to go beyond the limits of time and space, which is actually a manifestation of the spiritual part of our nature.

And if we want to be philosophical about this, we can say that we are actually meant for immortality. We have a certainconnaturality with immortality and eternal life. The spiritual dimension of our nature is wired and equipped for this purpose. But we need to know how we can turn this longing into a reality.

If our spiritual soul is mainly dominated by our bodily aspects, then it cannot help but age with our own flesh. No amount of creams, pills and Zumba exercises, of Belo and Calayan make-overs can stop the process. At best, they can only do so much. Sooner or later, age will catch up with them.

But if it is animated by the spirit of God, with whom we are actually intimately united, then our spiritual soul can transcend the limits of our material nature and can enter into the eternal life

of bliss with God, even starting here on earth. The body can bodyenter into a process of perpetual renewal and rejuvenation.

This spiritual anti-aging knows how to deal with our mistakes and sins that causes aging and ultimately will lead us to death. And this means that our anti-aging ‘agent’ should be none other than Christ, the pattern of our humanity and the savior of our damaged humanity.

Yes, it’s only in Christ, it’s only when we are fully animated by Christ’s spirit that we can manage to remain ageless irrespective of the varying conditions of our body that will unavoidably lead to its deterioration. Let’s never forget that as St. Peter said in his second letter, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (3,8) This can only mean that we would be ageless with Christ.

We need to do everything to be so animated by the spirit of Christ that whatever situation and condition we may be in life, we can still remain fresh and young, and reflect what the Book of Revelation said:

“The dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” (21,4-5)

It’s important that we do not take this truth of our faith for granted. We have to return to it and meditate on it often to reassure ourselves of the possibility of our true immortality. We need to do this because nowadays there are also other ideologies with tremendous charm powers that promise immortality outside of God’s power, and these claims can only be false.

Of course, there are also ideologies that do not promiseimmortality anymore. They simply believe that there is no more lifeafter death, and all this talk about eternal life is trash. But they contradict a basic and undeniable longing we hold in our hearts.

We need to strengthen our conviction that before we take on any human effort to be always youthful, it is only in Christ who is the real anti-aging agent for us, even while here on earth. Christ who died and rose from the dead, Christ who conquered sin and death itself. All of this, out of love. Loving in and with Christ is what makes us forever young.*


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