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By Michael Morse, Executive Director, Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida – Florida Catholic


Leaving a legacy means so much more than just sharing your property and possessions with your heirs after you die.  Each one of us will also leave behind a nonmaterial legacy – one that is harder to define, but often far more important.  This legacy comprises a lifetime of relationships, accomplishments, truths, and values, and it lives on in those whose lives we touch.

There are also so many legacies from which we draw, including our families, friends, spiritual and secular leaders and of course, Jesus Christ. Parents oftentimes leave us with a strong set of values, an abiding belief in giving back to others, and fierce loyalty to family, friends and country. Our faith especially creates in us a legacy of strong Christian virtues and discipleship.

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Through His Church, Jesus has bequeathed to us legacies of faith, hope and love, objective truth and mercy. Indeed, everything we have that is truly good is a gift and blessing from God.  As we focus on all the blessings God has showered upon us through His Church, through others, and through life experiences, we must ask ourselves: What legacy will I leave? What difference will my life make in the lives of others?

Many of us have come to appreciate and cherish the difference our Catholic faith has made in our lives. The people we are today is a direct result of the legacy of Jesus and the examples of His love and teachings we received through our Catholic Parishes, schools, programs and ministries.

In his book “The Mature Mind,” physician and gerontologist Gene Cohen says people are driven by an urgent desire “to find larger meaning in the story of their lives through a process of review, summarizing, and giving back.” Hopefully, your legacy will include the witness of fervent faith, the enduring love of family, and the willingness to make a tangible difference in the lives of others.

As part of this, please consider working with the Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida to provide long-term support and sustainability to the Parish, school, program or ministry that means the most to you. Your gift can help provide a legacy to future generations seeking to grow in faith, wisdom and holiness.

If you would like to learn more about creating a legacy for your Parish, School, Catholic Charities or other ministry, please contact Michael Morse at 941-441-1124 or Morse@dioceseofvenice.org. ©Caring.com

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