Sharing the Wisdom of Time by Pope Francis and Friends, which will soon be a Netflix Series is a book I can highly recommend for all to read, regardless of one’s religious persuasions.

The book is a collection of personal stories from grandparents and elders from around the world who share stories from their reservoirs of wisdom to inspire and guide us through troubling times. The compilation is an international effort of elders from over 30 countries whose stories reflect various lifetimes of experiences and deliver quite a collection of wisdom.

Pope Francis, the lead author, was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He worked as both a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before entering he Jesuits.  He was ordained a priest in 1969. In 1998 he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and was appointed Cardinal in 2013. Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, in February 2013, Bergoglio was named his successor.  He is the first Jesuit Pope, first from the Americas, first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere and first non-European Pope in over 1200 years. 

Pope Francis prefaces the book with a simple yet profound solution for troubled times: “To see were we should go, we must understand where we’ve been. The experience and wisdom of those who have come before us can provide the guidance we need to approach tomorrow free of fear and needless anxiety. “ 

“Our society has silenced the voices of grandparents…we put them aside,“ says Pope Francis. Why? Because, “We want to avoid our own fear of weakness and vulnerability; but in doing so, we increase the suffering for all…Instead, we ought to rewaken a respectful sense of gratitude, appreciation and hospitality.”

Sharing the Wisdom of Time, a multi-award winning book, is a refreshing perspective on aging and it shares ample wisdom.  I highly recommend the read. The stories are each memorable and the photography is fantastic. It’s an inspiring gift for yourself and others. 

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