Sharing the Wisdom of Time:

In the book Sharing the Wisdom of Time Pope Francis has asked young and old to join forces to make the world a better place. 

Pope Francis views elders as reservoirs of wisdom and historical memory and believes their insights will offer future generations much-needed understanding and direction. More than 250 people were interviewed for this book and a collection of stories was sent to the Vatican. These encompassed universal themes of love, loss, survival, hope, peace in the face of unimaginable tragedy, and above all, faith. Pope Francis received every story, prayed over them, and responded with sensitivity and grace to 31 of the stories and the issues they raise. The stories are organized in five thematic chapters: work, struggle, love, death and hope, and each chapter.

In his Preface, Pope Francis lays out his reasons for this collection of wisdom stories and the movement he hopes it inspires. He also contributes as a fellow elder, offering a story from his own life at the start of each chapter. And in his own wise and compassionate way, he serves as a spiritual shepherd, commenting on dozens of heartfelt stories.

The book, which was curated by Father Antonio Spadaro SJ, is available to purchase from Messenger Publications at