Christus Vivit 143: Against Early Retirement

Pope Francis is known for his metaphors–how well they translate from the Spanish in his mind–who knows? But I like the advice against early retirement. I need to attend to that myself.

143. Dear young people, make the most of these years of your youth. Don’t observe life from a balcony. Don’t confuse happiness with an armchair, or live your life behind a screen. Whatever you do, do not become the sorry sight of an abandoned vehicle! Don’t be parked cars, but dream freely and make good decisions. Take risks, even if it means making mistakes. Don’t go through life anaesthetized or approach the world like tourists. Make a ruckus! Cast out the fears that paralyze you, so that you don’t become young mummies. Live! Give yourselves over to the best of life! Open the door of the cage, go out and fly! Please, don’t take early retirement.

The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.

Any comments?

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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1 Response to Christus Vivit 143: Against Early Retirement

  1. Liam says:

    Good luck. In my experience, employers don’t want to have to pay for health insurance of older workers, and age discrimination is very very easy – it’s nearly impossible to prove a case as a job applicant. And younger workers would prefer less competition from older workers holding onto jobs when times are tough.

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