Pope Francis’ December intention for the Apostleship of Prayer could not make us happier: That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.
Here are a prayer provided by the Apostleship of Prayer and a few challenges:
Father of kindness,
In this month in which we celebrate the birth of your Son Jesus,
we realize that the Incarnation happens in the bosom of a family,
as the place where God came to dwell among us.
The family is the core of society,
the first school of socialization,
where one learns to deal with the differences and the riches of each other.
The history of each family
is marked by the life experience of the elders,
who leave an important testimony
for future generations.
teach us to value the contribution of the elderly,
to not discard them,
and to pay attention to their teachings
and their life lessons.
Challenges for the month
- Visit relatives or elderly acquaintances at this Christmas time and bring them the joy of the birth of Jesus.
- Promote in your own community some moment of sharing of life histories on the part of some elderly people, oriented to the young ones.
- Be alert to situations of abandonment or frailty of elderly people and help solve them.
To learn more about how you can reach out to the elderly this Christmas follow our Advent video series by clicking on the red stripe on our homepage!