Older generations used to be more revered for their wisdom and age, out of respect for the ties that bound them to their family and community. Both Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have called elderly people a blessing for society. Caring for them is as much an act of love as it is a repayment of a debt for all they have given and shared. To honor them is a high calling, and to answer it is necessary.
In “To Live Each Day With Dignity,” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops says, “We deserve to grow old in a society that views our cares and needs with compassion grounded in respect, offering genuine support in our final days. The choices we make together now will decide whether this is the kind of caring society we will leave to future generations. We can help build a world in which love is stronger than death.”
Senior citizens have a lifetime’s worth of wisdom and guidance to share. Listen to them. Spend time with them. Care for them. Be Christ to them.
With all your heart honor your father, and do not forget the birth pangs of your mother. (Sirach 7:27)
Lord, give us the strength to care for those who need us
and to help restore the Culture of Life.