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CONTRIBUTED BY SR LOUISE GANNON rsj
If the only prayer you say in your
whole life is "thank you", that would
65g unsalted butter (very soft)
25g icing sugar
45g plain flour
7g almond meal
½ teaspoon vanilla extract.
200g caster sugar
500g cream cheese (very soft and diced
2 tablespoons plain flour
300ml thickened cream
Juice of half a lemon.
To make the base :
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Cream the sof tened butter until it begins
to turn pale. If you are using an electric
mixer use the paddle attachment on a
Sieve together all of the dr y ingredients
and add to the creamed butter along
with the vanilla ex tr act. Combine well.
Line a 20cm x 15cm baking tin with
baking paper and spread the base
mixture so that it evenly covers the
bottom of the tin, approximately
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Any month is a great month for homemade baked cheesecake. This is a rich and creamy
dessert that is wonderful ser ved with either fresh whipped cr eam and strawberries or a
fr uit coulis. The cream cheese can be substituted with mascarpone or quality ricotta from
your local deli. Enjoy.
Place in a preheated oven at 180°C
for 15 minutes. The base will be
lightly golden when it is ready.
Leave base in tin and put a side to cool.
To make the cheesecake :
Combine the caster sugar and
cr eam cheese well. If you are using
an electric mixer use the paddle
attachment and a slow setting.
Beat in the plain flour.
Beat in the eggs one at a time,
mixing thoroughly between each,
followed by the cream.
Beat in the lemon juice.
Pour the cheesecake mix ture
over the cooled base.
Cook in a preheated oven at
180°C or 25 minutes until set.
Ser ve at room temperature.
BY MARIE CRADDOCK RSJ
The sub-title of Johann Christoph Ar nold's
book is "Finding peace and purpose in a
long life". That pur suit could well be a saving
gr ace for those elderly people whose advice
to the young is "Don't grow old." In an era
when the age-rever sing industry offers never
fading youth, Arnold sees old age as a time
of enrichment, of realising the meaning of
life, a time when the aged can be a source
of wisdom and inspir ation for younger
people. Rich in Years taps into the author's
experience of life, and tells stories of eleven
elderly people who came to acknowledge
their own ageing and old age as a time of
peace and fulfilment. In spite of physical and
sometimes mental decline,
they were able to accept and
bear their limitations.
For Ellen, growing old meant
being led to where she did
not want to go. In learning
to trust other s, she was
able to accept her loss of
independence and to show her
appreciation of help. Retirement
from work, the death of a spouse,
and the loss of mobility challenged
Peter to accept changes in his for merly
busy way of life. He added richness to his
ageing through reading, listening to music,
phone calls, sharing a meal with other s. Alice
combatted loneliness by ser ving others
through volunteering - discovering what
she was able to do for or give to others.
For many, finding purpose in a long life was
essential; they found it through their belief
in a life after death and in passing on their
wisdom to the next gener ation. Others
came to realise the redemptive power of
suffering and the saving power of faith. As
they aged, they found new confidence in
what had been their purpose for living -
knowing, loving, and ser ving God and
Arnold has found that saying "No" to
ar tificial means of unduly prolonging life
has helped the dying and their relatives in
the saying of "Goodbye", as has recourse
to hospice care. He believes, too, that
deep grieving and proper healing after the
death of a loved
one cannot be
hur ried. For some,
healing needs silence
and prayer; others find solace in sharing
their grief with other s. Like the deser t father,
Antony of Egypt, they found that "our life
and death is with our neighbour". For the
people whose stories give substance to
the author's belief in the positive aspects
of ageing, mending broken r elationships
freed them to be at peace with themselves
and with God. Arnold goes so far as to
recommend confession, which, he
says , is not just for Catholics
but for all who long to be
under stood and forgiven. He
sees the benefits of righting
old wrongs, acknowledging
mistakes, asking forgiveness,
forgiving other s.
The author is a senior pastor
of the Bruderhof, a movement
of Christian communities. For over
for ty years he has counselled individuals
and families and ha s written on mar riage,
parenting, and end-of-life issues. Now in his
seventies, and having faced life-threatening
illnesses, Arnold can identify with the
str uggles of people who have borne physical,
emotional and mental disabilities. He has had
to let go of activities no longer compatible
with his failing health. He under stands those
who find it hard to be positive about ageing,
yet his own response to it is to thank God
for the life he and his wife had lived. He can
empathise with those who are lonely, bitter,
disabled; his hope is that they might come
to acknowledge the richness of their old age
and live as fully as they can.
Rich in Year s offers a positive outlook on
ageing and dying, - the antithesis of the
"Don't grow old" point of view.
Rich in Years was published by Plough, 2013.
"our life and
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