Saturday, November 16, 2013

Pope Encourages Visits to Retired Priests, Nuns

Calling homes for retired priests and nuns sanctuaries of holiness, Pope Francis asked Catholics to visit them.
In his homily Oct. 18, the pope described retired clergy and religious as ‘good priests and good sisters, aged and bearing the weight of solitude, waiting for the Lord to knock on the doors of their hearts, ‘Lets not forget them,’ he said during the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
The pope said when he thinks of the closing days of St. Paul’s life, My heart remembers those sanctuaries of apostolicity and sanctity rest homes for priests and sisters’ He said Christians can make a pilgrimage by visiting the elderly priests and nuns, who ‘wait for the Lord a bit like Paul: perhaps a bit sad, but also with a sense of peace and a happy face.
The 76-year-old pope added, “It would do us all good to think about that final stage of life ... and pray to the Lord: Watch over those who are facing that moment of the final letting go so that they could say once again, ‘Yes, Lord, I want to follow you.’
(Catholic News Service)

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