"His mercy is from age to age" (cf.
mercy is from age to age" (cf. Luke 1:50): this is the theme of the 3rd
World Day for Grandparents and Elderly, celebrated on July 23, 2023. This theme
takes us back to a blessed encounter: the meeting between young Mary and her
elderly relative Elizabeth (cf. Luke 1:39-56). The latter, filled with the Holy
Spirit, addressed the Mother of God with words which, two millennia later, set
the tone of our daily prayer: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is
the fruit of your womb!" (Luke 1:42). And the Holy Spirit, who had already
descended upon Mary, prompts her to respond with the Magnificat, where she
proclaims that the Lord's mercy extends from generation to generation.
year's celebration of World Day for Grandparents and Elderly and World Youth
Day are remarkably close to each other. Each theme reflects Mary's
"haste" (cf. Luke 1:39) when she visits Elizabeth, thus leading us to
meditate on the connection between young and old. The Lord hopes that when
young people meet the elderly, they will welcome the call to cherish memories
and recognize the gift of belonging to a greater history thanks to them. The
friendship of an elderly person helps young people not to limit their lives to
the present and to remember that not everything depends on their abilities. For
older people, the presence of a young person opens them up to hope that all
they have experienced will not be lost and that their dreams will come true.
entire message of Pope Francis on the occasion of the 3rd World Day for Grandparents
and Elderly (July 23, 2023) is available here.
2021, when the Pope announced the celebration of World Day for Grandparents and
Elderly, which the Catholic Church celebrates on the fourth Sunday of July
(learn more here), a group of grandparents came together to strengthen
their connection with their grandchildren and created the "Dear
World Youth Day to take place in Portugal, this initiative is being carried out
by the "Dear
Grandparents" of Schoenstatt. It aims to
promote a prayer chain for World Youth Day (WYD) Lisbon 2023 and, in
particular, for those who are preparing daily for the largest international
gathering of youth with the Pope.
grandparents and people over 60 can be part of this initiative and register as
"WYD23 Grandparents" here.