Pope Francis has always expressed his deep sympathy and concern for the elderly people. In a hustling world, the aged are pushed aside or marginalized so often. Here are few gems of sayings Pope has uttered for the grandparents.
Thank you, grandparents!
“I want to greet all the grandmothers and grandfathers to thank them for their special place in families and for their importance to the new generations.”
Silencing the elderly is killing them!
“This global civilization has gone too far, too far … because such is the cult that has been built around the god of money that we are witnessing the development of a philosophy and a practice of excluding the two extremes of life that are the hopes of every community. The elderly aren’t shown care because no one cares for them. But there is also a cultural euthanasia. No one lets them speak or act.”
“My grandmother, my guiding light!”
“The words of grandparents contain something special for young people. And they know it. The words that my grandmother gave me in writing the day of my priestly ordination I still carry with me, always, in the breviary. And I read them often and they do me good.”
Marginalizing elderly is an ugly sin
“It’s horrible to see the elderly tossed aside. It’s ugly and it’s a sin.”
They have passed on the faith to us
“We pray for our grandfathers, our grandmothers, who so often play a heroic role in the transmission of the faith in times of persecution. When mom and dad weren’t home or when they had strange ideas, which the politics of the time taught them, it was the grandmothers who passed on the faith.”
A wise grandfather in Vatican
“I have said many times that I enjoy living here, in the Vatican, because it’s like having a wise grandfather at home. Thank you.”
Priceless is a caress by our grandparents
“One of the most beautiful things in life, in the family, in our lives, is caressing a child and letting yourself be caressed by a grandfather or a grandmother.”