Vatican City, 01 June, 2022 / 12:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis said Wednesday that old age can be a time to rediscover trust in the Lord.
“The elderly, by virtue of their weakness, can teach those who are living in other stages of life that we all need to abandon ourselves to the Lord, to invoke his help,” the pope said at his June 1 general audience.
“In this sense, we must all learn from old age: yes, there is a gift in being elderly, understood as abandoning oneself to the care of others, starting with God himself.”
Speaking in St. Peter’s Square, the pope quoted lines from Psalm 71: “Be my rock of refuge, my stronghold to give me safety; for you are my rock and fortress.”
He reflected: “The elder of the Psalm we have heard, this elderly man who sees his old age as a defeat, rediscovers trust in the Lord. He feels the need to be helped. And he turns to God.”