In the last of a series of audiences centered around the "catechesis of old age," Pope Francis emphasized the importance of finding God's promise for new life in the elderly.
“It was therefore a penitential pilgrimage,” Pope Francis said at today’s general audience. “There were many joyful moments, but the overall meaning and tone was reflection, repentance and reconciliation.”
Read the full text of Pope Francis’ homily at Lac Ste. Anne, a pilgrimage site in Alberta, Canada, long known as a place of healing among Indigenous Peoples.
“To remember the devastating experiences that took place in the residential schools hurts, angers, causes pain, and yet it is necessary.”
In his general audience, Pope Francis emphasized how following Jesus often means accepting that we don’t have total control over our lives, especially as we age.
“The Holy Spirit wants us to concentrate on the here and now, because the time and place in which we find ourselves are themselves grace-filled.”
If the elderly, who have seen it all by that time, keep intact their passion for justice, then there is hope for love, and also for faith.