Learning from Our Elders as Mentors

video still - people respond to Pope's elder messageIn her post, “Five Tips for Beating Loneliness from St. Ignatius,” Rebecca Ruiz quotes Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, on the need for “good mentors, good companions, and a strong link to the church.” A mentor may well be someone from an older generation.

At the 2018 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Loyola Press asked people about Pope Francis’s message to honor the wisdom and lives of the older generations. One of the questions was, “What is something that younger generations can learn from older generations?” Enjoy this video sampling of how people responded.


  1. All generations coming together and sharing their wisdom, energy and experience — that would change the world! As an elder, I encourage others of my generation to get out there and be available to serve. Sometimes younger folks don’t initiate these conversations, but if we elders do initiate them, then we all are surprised by what we can learn and what we can do!

  2. Elders have great love for their children and grandchildren. They accept us as we are, and like to share their experiences. They are curious about the lives of young people. Thanks for this video.


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