“Roots enable us to grow and face our challenges”

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

“Roots enable us to grow and face our challenges,” Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi told the elderly gathered at the Minor Basilica of the Assumption of of Our Lady in Mosta on Thursday.

A mass for the elderly organised by Caritas Malta was celebrated on Thursday. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi presided over while the group of around 1,000 elderly was led by President George Vella.

Addressing those gathered the Auxiliary Bishop said that roots do not anchor one into the past and prevent from creating something new in the present. On the contrary, he added, roots enable one to grow and face challenges in the present. He referred to the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Christus Vivit by Pope Francis, saying that the Pope emphasized on the importance of intergenerational dialogue between youths and elderly. The Pope reminds one not to lose touch with the elderly, as one could learn from their experience.

Describing the dreams of the elderly as being woven out of memories, past experiences which left a mark on their lives, Mgr Galea-Curmi explained that the youths have to gain. The youths are living a hectic lifestyle, with their heroic ambitions and their insecurities, adding that one can remind them that life is empty without love.

The Auxiliary Bishop thanked the elderly for their valuable contribution towards Maltese society. “The elderly remind us that life is precious, from conception until natural death,” he concluded.