|Source: Catholic News Service|
Speaking in St. Peter’s Square on May 25, Pope Francis encouraged Christians worldwide to not succumb to the temptation of disillusionment despite the challenges we face as society. Despite advances in science and technology, he enjoined his audience to remember “the wisdom of life is something else entirely, and it seems to be stalled.”
Continuing with his thematic talks the Bible’s Book of Ecclesiastes and its refrain, “Vanity of vanities. All is vanity,” Francis emphasized the importance of leaning into the wisdom of elders to help us answer today’s toughest problems.
“Elders rich in wisdom and humor do so much good to the young,” the pope insisted. “They save them from the temptation of a grim worldly knowledge devoid of the wisdom of life. And also, these elders bring young people back to Jesus’ promise, ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.’”
The pope, 85, said he and other seniors have “a very great mission in the world,” which is to “sow hunger and thirst for righteousness in the young.”
“It is no accident that ours is the season of fake news, collective superstitions and pseudo-scientific truths,” the pope said. The only antidote is the wisdom that comes from devotion to God.
Source: Catholic News Service