Posted September 20, 2010 in The Pope's Corner:
To Whom Shall They Go?

by Pope John Paul II.

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (Jn 6:68). Jesus, the intimate friend of every … person, has the words of life. The world …[today] needs to be touched and healed by the beauty and richness of God’s love. It needs witnesses to that love. It needs you to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world….

As apostles of the third millennium, your task is to preserve and keep alive the awareness of the presence of our Savior Jesus Christ, especially in the celebration of the Eucharist, the memorial of his saving death and glorious resurrection.

You must keep alive the memory of the words of life which he spoke and the marvelous works of mercy and goodness which he performed. You must constantly remind the world of the power of the Gospel to save (Rom 1:16)….

Following Jesus, you have to change and improve the "taste" of human history. With your faith, hope, and love, with your intelligence, courage, and perseverance, you have to humanize the world we live in….

Even a tiny flame lifts the heavy lid of night. How much more light will you make, all together, if you bond as one in the communion of the Church! If you love Jesus, love the Church!…

At difficult moments in the Church’s life, the pursuit of holiness becomes even more urgent. And holiness … is a matter of living in the Holy Spirit….

Although I have lived through much darkness, under harsh totalitarian regimes, I have seen enough evidence to be unshakably convinced that no difficulty, no fear is so great that it can completely suffocate the hope that springs eternal in the hearts of the young.

Do not let that hope die! We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures. We are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son.

Excerpted from the homily at the papal Mass of World Youth Day Toronto, July 28, 2002


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