Christus Vivit 16: Young People Interacting With Elders

Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.

He thinks it’s a good idea for the generations to mix it up. I agree. Let’s read:

16. Nonetheless, young people are also urged “to accept the authority of those who are older” (1 Peter 5:5). The Bible never ceases to insist that profound respect be shown to the elderly, since they have a wealth of experience; they have known success and failure, life’s joys and afflictions, its dreams and disappointments. In the silence of their heart, they have a store of experiences that can teach us not to make mistakes or be taken in by false promises. An ancient sage asks us to respect certain limits and to master our impulses: “Urge the younger men to be self-controlled” (Titus 2.6). It is unhelpful to buy into the cult of youth or foolishly to dismiss others simply because they are older or from another generation. Jesus tells us that the wise are able to bring forth from their store things both new and old (cf. Mt 13:52). A wise young person is open to the future, yet still capable of learning something from the experience of others.

Some commentators have remarked that young people enjoy the company of those of their grandparents’ generation. I don’t know if connections like these are better when the parental level is skipped. Older persons can be marginalized just for being old. More often, I think because their credibility is low because of other reasons.

The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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