Was the prophetess Anna a church-lady?
Or was she a contemplative, who never left the temple? A prototype of early nuns, widows who dedicated their lives? Or was she just homeless and took refuge in the temple?
Her example makes one appreciate the pious ladies we meet at church. The faithful elderly who never miss daily Mass, who pray the rosary. Those who volunteer to water the plants and tidy up. Those who remind priests of the rubrics and how the Eucharist should be reserved and reverenced.
Old people are a blessing, not a curse.
“let us ... think of those other exiles – I would call them ‘the hidden exiles’ who may be marginalized within their own families – the elderly for example who sometimes are treated like burdens”. - Pope Francis
Song for this post here.