Happy World Day for Grandparents!
Happy World Day for Grandparents & the Elderly!
Pope Francis has announced the institution of the first
World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
Near the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus, we remember and honor all of our elderly and our grandparents who have sacrificed much for us all and are images of God's love.
The elderly are precious, Pope Francis said, “because [they] sing the praises of God and preserves the roots of the peoples.” They “remind us that old age is a gift and that grandparents are the link between the different generations, to pass on to the young the experience of life.”
May we all, young and old, recognize that we have received one call, one faith and one baptism, and walk together into God's kingdom of peace and mercy!
"The prayer of the elderly can protect the world, helping it perhaps more effectively than the frenetic activity of many others."
Pope Benedict XVI
I thank You, Lord,
for the comfort of Your presence:
even in times of loneliness,
You are my hope and my confidence,
You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth!
I thank You for having given me a family
and for having blessed me with a long life.
I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty,
for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for
those that are still ahead of me.
I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You
Increase, O Lord, my faith,
make me a channel of your peace,
teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me,
to never stop dreaming
and to tell of your wonders to new generations.
Protect and guide Pope Francis and the Church,
that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth.
Send Your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world,
that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed,
the poor consoled and wars ended.
Sustain me in weakness
and help me to live life to the full
in each moment that You give me,
in the certainty that you are with me every day,
even until the end of the age.
on Sunday, July 25 at 5:00AM