At an audience for participants attending a conference on pastoral care of the elderly, 83 year old Pope Francis said old-age is “a precious treasure that takes shape in the journey of every man and woman’s life, whatever their origins, background, or economic or social conditions.”
He said, “Life is a gift, and when life is long it is a privilege, for oneself and for others. Always.”
He went on to say “Do not be afraid. Take initiatives. Help promote pastoral service to and with the elderly. Do not be discouraged… Go forward!” In the coming week make some time to read more about this address.