This week I was reflecting with my sister on the fact that all four of our grandparents were dead before we were born, and how unusual this is. I think we missed out a lot…
Thursday is the Feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus. Here is a prayer written by Pope Benedict in 2008 specially for grandparents.
Lord Jesus, you were born of the Virgin Mary,
The daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.
Look with love on grandparents the world over. Protect them!
They are a source of enrichment for families, for the Church and for all of society.
As they grow older, may they continue to be for their families strong pillars of Gospel faith,
guardian of noble domestic ideals,
living treasuries of sound religious traditions.
Make them teachers of wisdom and courage,
that they may pass on to future generations the fruits of their mature human and spiritual experience.
help families and society to value the presence and roles of grandparents.
May they never be ignored or excluded,
but always encounter respect and love.
Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed in all the years of life which you give them.
Mary, Mother of all the living,
keep grandparents constantly in your care,
accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage,
and by your prayers, grant that all families may one day be reunited in our heavenly homeland,
where you await all humanity for the great embrace of life without end.