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Spiritual guidance and other Sacraments such as the anointing of the sick are provided by our Chaplain, Father Thai.
With Pope Francis It Is Time to Pay Heed to the Wisdom of the Elderly
by Christopher M. Bellitto
When Pope Francis opens his breviary to pray each day, a letter from his grandma Rosa greets him. It was written on the day of his ordination to the priesthood in 1969.
After all these years, she still inspires him with these words: “May these my grandchildren, to whom I have given the best of my heart, have a long and happy life, but if on some painful day, sickness or the loss of a loved one fills you with grief, remember that a sigh before the Tabernacle, where the greatest and most august martyr resides, and a gaze at Mary at the foot of the Cross, can make a drop of balm fall on the deepest and most painful wounds.”
Francis hopes that we all honor our elders and cherish their wisdom while taking care of them at the end of their lives. It has been a consistent topic for him, even if it has not garnered much attention.
What’s especially interesting is that he often pairs comments about the elderly, especially grandparents like his beloved Rosa, with words about young people.
Pope Francis speaks of the elderly in loving terms, as when he said in September 2014, “The elderly who have faith are like trees that continue to bear fruit.” His particular point seems to be not only that older men and women deserve our praise, but that they have much left to give.
“The elderly pass on history, doctrine, faith and they leave them to us as inheritance,” he preached in November 2013. “The wisdom of our grandparents is the inheritance we ought to receive. A people that does not care for its grandparents, that does not respect its grandparents, has no future since it has lost its memory.”