Christus Vivit 194-195: Dreams of Elders

Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation is on this link at the Vatican site. In healthy families and societies, elders and parents look out for the welfare of the younger generations. In this way, older adults participate in the Creation. It is not about breeding, legacy, and/or inheritance. It is about the quality of hope, the notion that young people will find a fulfillment in life. God dreams no less for any of us.

194. Perhaps our parents have preserved a memory that can help us imagine the dream our grandparents dreamed for us. All of us, even before our birth, received, as a blessing from our grandparents, a dream filled with love and hope, the dream of a better life. Even if not our grandparents, surely some of our great-grandparents had that happy dream as they contemplated their children and then grandchildren in the cradle. The very first dream of all is the creative dream of God our Father, which precedes and accompanies the lives of all his children. The memory of this blessing that extends from generation to generation is a precious legacy that we should keep alive so that we too can pass it on.

Young people could be prepared to ask, “What are your hopes for me?” Sometimes the hope of adults are self-serving. But it is good to seek out the stories and dreams of people who have generous souls.

195. That is why it is a good thing to let older people tell their long stories, which sometimes seem legendary or fanciful – they are the dreams of old people – yet are often full of rich experiences, of eloquent symbols, of hidden messages. These stories take time to tell, and we should be prepared to listen patiently and let them sink in, even though they are much longer than what we are used to in social media. We have to realize that the wisdom needed for life bursts the confines of our present-day media resources.

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