of Wisdom, Witnesses of Hope
"The elderly are not only to be considered the object of our
concern, closeness and service. They themselves have a valuable
contribution to make to the Gospel of life. Thanks to the rich
treasury of experiences they have acquired through the years, the
elderly can and must be sources of wisdom and witnesses of hope and
--Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae ("The Gospel of
Life"), No. 94
often and too easily promotes the lie that those who can't produce,
who don't contribute as the majority does, have little or no worth.
Little or no reason to remain alive.
The Gospel of life counters that the elderly, the
ill, the suffering serve a unique and precious role not only in
society, but in the Church, in the parish and in the family. To be a
caregiver is to travel for a time with one who has gained insight into
the mysteries of life and death.