Let’s wrap up the GDC on catechesis for the aged with a brief section footnoted thus: Christifedeles Laici 48.
188. The Bible presents us with the figure of the old man as the symbol of a person rich in wisdom and fear of God, and as a repository of an intense experience of life, which, in a certain sense, makes him a natural “catechist” in the community. He is a witness to a tradition of faith, a teacher of life, and a worker of charity. Catechesis values this grace. It helps the aged to discover the riches within themselves and to assume the role of catechists among children—for whom they are often valued grandparents—and for young people and adults. Thus a fundamental dialogue between the generations can be promoted both within the family and within the community.
This is a fine image, especially if we include women as figures of community wisdom and grace. Parishes should know that such a movement works counter to the expectations of modern society, and be prepared to view this as a countercultural effort.