Please, do not let yourselves be bought. Open or download a pdf of the full, original document Christus Vivit. Faithful friends, who stand at our side in times of difficulty, are also a reflection of the Lord’s love, his gentle and consoling presence in our lives. This is not good, because “work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfilment. As in the parable, the small seeds sown by young people can yield a rich harvest (cf.  I have great confidence in you, and for this very reason, I urge you to opt for marriage. 35.  Pier Giorgio said that he wanted to return the love of Jesus that he received in Holy Communion by visiting and helping the poor. In his adolescence and youth, Jesus’ relationship with the Father was that of the beloved Son. Because in the end I came to see That we do not really enjoy what we enjoyed Unless we have suffered for it. Are you looking for passion? In this way, by learning from one another, we can better reflect that wonderful multifaceted reality that Christ’s Church is meant to be. They need to be accompanied and encouraged to use their talents and skills creatively, and to be encouraged to take up their responsibilities.  BENEDICT XVI, Message for the XXVII World Youth Day (15 March 2012): AAS 194 (2012), 359. As a result, he became a great prophet who intervened at critical moments in the history of his country. Late have I loved you!” Yet that rich man, who had been faithful to God in his youth, allowed the passing years to rob his dreams; he preferred to remain attached to his riches (cf. How, then, will she be able to respond to the dreams of young people? Let us draw upon some of the richness of the sacred Scriptures, since they often speak of young people and of how the Lord draws near to encounter them. 210. In this way, we can experience a constant closeness to him, greater than anything we can experience with another person: “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20). 50. “Pope Francis”) has released his fourth so-called Apostolic Exhortation, which is also his third post-synodal one. He fills your life with his unseen presence; wherever you go, he will be waiting there for you. I want you to know that, when the Lord thinks of each of you and what he wants to give you, he sees you as his close friend. The Church’s educational institutions are undoubtedly a communal setting for accompaniment; they can offer guidance to many young people, especially when they “seek to welcome all young people, regardless of their religious choices, cultural origins and personal, family or social situations. A Church always on the defensive, which loses her humility and stops listening to others, which leaves no room for questions, loses her youth and turns into a museum. As Saint Augustine says: “Sing, but continue on your journey. Young people are greatly enriched when they overcome their reticence and dare to visit homes, and in this way make contact with people’s lives. vv. 18. Other migrants are “attracted by Western culture, sometimes with unrealistic expectations that expose them to grave disappointments. The proliferation and growth of groups and movements predominantly associated with the young can be considered the work of the Holy Spirit who constantly shows us new paths. Mary did not take out an insurance policy! In this process of formation, we let ourselves be transformed by Christ, even as we develop “the habit of doing good, which also is a part of our examination of conscience. ROMANO GUARDINI, Die Lebensalter. Think about it: if someone tells young people to ignore their history, to reject the experiences of their elders, to look down on the past and to look forward to a future that he holds out, doesn’t it then become easy to draw them along so that they only do what he tells them? “Music is particularly important, representing as it does a real environment in which the young are constantly immersed, as well as a culture and a language capable of arousing emotion and shaping identity. , 246. Lk 15:11-32) relates that a “younger” son wanted to leave his father’s home for a distant land (cf. In this way, you will contribute greatly to something fundamental: preventing these atrocities from being repeated. It is a gift from God, a gift the Lord gives us. Love between a man and a woman, when it is passionate, always leads to giving life. We will never know what that one young man, upon whom Jesus gazed with love and to whom he stretched out his hand, might have been for us, what he might have done for mankind.  Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (19 March 2018), 2. The heart of the Church is also full of young saints who devoted their lives to Christ, many of them even to dying a martyr’s death. Thank God, those who committed these horrible crimes are not the majority of priests, who carry out their ministry with fidelity and generosity. It is a constant stimulus to grow in responsibility and creativity, a protection against the tendency towards individualism and personal gratification. In the end, good discernment is a path of freedom that brings to full fruit what is unique in each person, something so personal that only God knows it. 222. 9. Yet schools are in urgent need of self-criticism, if we consider the results of their pastoral outreach, which in many cases focuses on a kind of religious instruction that proves often incapable of nurturing lasting experiences of faith. Don’t let them rob you of hope and joy, or drug you into becoming a slave to their interests. 140. 7. 299. At the Synod, “many pointed to the shortage of qualified people devoted to accompaniment. Consequently, I will speak to young people directly in some places, while in others I will propose some more general considerations for the Church’s discernment. Our best dreams are only attained through hope, patience and commitment, and not in haste. He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world. But if the elderly do not dream, young people lose clear sight of the horizon. 71. If young people sink roots in those dreams, they can peer into the future; they can have visions that broaden their horizons and show them new paths. It tries to avoid imposing obstacles, rules, controls and obligatory structures on these young believers who are natural leaders in their neighbourhoods and in other settings. The worst thing we can do is adopt that worldly spirit whose solution is simply to anaesthetize young people with other messages, with other distractions, with trivial pursuits. Meeting with Young People in the National Shrine of Maipú, Santiago de Chile (17 January 2018): L’Osservatore Romano, 19 January 2018, 7. Wherever the Father and the Son are, there too is the Holy Spirit. Even those who are most frail, limited and troubled can be missionaries in their own way, for goodness can always be shared, even if it exists alongside many limitations. Saint Paul prayed: “May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all” (1 Thes 3:12). He values and respects you, but he also keeps offering you more: more of his friendship, more fervour in prayer, more hunger for his word, more longing to receive Christ in the Eucharist, more desire to live by his Gospel, more inner strength, more peace and spiritual joy. Learn to swim against the tide, learn how to share Jesus and the faith he has given you. Indeed, “the digital environment is also one of loneliness, manipulation, exploitation and violence, even to the extreme case of the ‘dark web’. Belief in the theological and pastoral value of listening entails rethinking and renewing the ways that priestly ministry is ordinarily exercised, and reviewing its priorities. When an encounter with God is called an “ecstasy”, it is because it takes us out of ourselves, lifts us up and overwhelms us with God’s love and beauty. 1. 0000017375 00000 n Seek the closeness of our heavenly Father in the loving face of his courageous witnesses on earth! Francis died in 1226. God is the giver of youth and he is at work in the life of each young person. 0000003799 00000 n Any educational project or path of growth for young people must certainly include formation in Christian doctrine and morality. Today, Mary is the Mother who watches over us, her children, on our journey through life, often weary and in need, anxious that the light of hope not fail. 44. In discerning your vocation, do not dismiss the possibility of devoting yourself to God in the priesthood, the religious life or in other forms of consecration. That life is not salvation up ‘in the cloud’ and waiting to be downloaded, a new ‘app’ to be discovered, or a technique of mental self-improvement. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive … The dream for which Jesus gave his life on the cross, for which the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost and brought fire to the heart of every man and woman, to your heart and mine.  EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE OF RWANDA, Letter of the Catholic Bishops of Rwanda for Christians in the Extraordinary Year of Reconciliation, Kigali (18 January 2018), 17. In Christus Vivit, Pope Francis speaks into areas concerning young people. Indeed, “youth” does not exist: there exist only young people, each with the reality of his or her own life. Keep seeking at least partial or imperfect ways to live what you have discerned to be your real calling. After this brief look at the word of God, we cannot just say that young people are the future of our world. For only what is loved can be saved. God’s gifts are interactive; to enjoy them we have to be ready to take risks. As that beautiful poem says: “Fall in love!” (or “let yourself be loved!”), because “nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. In our times, “advances in the sciences and in biomedical technologies have powerfully influenced perceptions about the body, leading to the idea that it is open to unlimited modification. I encourage communities to examine, respectfully and seriously, the situation of their young people, in order to find the most fitting ways of providing them with pastoral care. We need to make all our institutions better equipped to be more welcoming to young people, since so many have a real sense of being orphaned. Wherever we are, we always have an opportunity to share the joy of the Gospel. You are the now of God, and he wants you to bear fruit.  Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (24 November 2013), 273: AAS 105 (2013), 1130. Social engagement and direct contact with the poor remain fundamental ways of finding or deepening one’s faith and the discernment of one’s vocation… It was also noted that the young are prepared to enter political life so as to build the common good”.. 268. Yet this silence does not make us close in on ourselves. The Church offers many different possibilities for living our faith in community, for everything is easier when we do it together. 150. 126. 60. Things would get complicated, of course, but not in the same way as happens when cowardice paralyzes us because things are not clear or sure in advance. Blessed Andrew Phû Yên was a young Vietnamese man of the seventeenth century. También se refiere a la juventud como un tiempo de sueños y elecciones que puede estar iluminado por el evangelio y la amistad con Jesús. 0000768728 00000 n This is helpful, since it situates our whole life in relation to the God who loves us. Scribd is the world's largest social reading and publishing site. 6. By this gift, and by the certainty of this call, you can go forward with assurance; you have nothing to fear; you can face everything together!”, 261. That power will constantly be revealed in your lives too, for he came to give you life, “and life in abundance” (Jn 10:10). Groups that gather to adore the Blessed Sacrament or to pray with the word of God have also increased. He loves you, dear young people, for you are the means by which he can spread his light and hope.  Cf. The balm of holiness generated by the good lives of so many young people can heal the wounds of the Church and of the world, bringing us back to that fullness of love to which we have always been called: young saints inspire us to return to our first love (cf. There is the word of the Lord, ever living and effective, the nourishing presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Reconciliation, which brings us freedom and strength. With the same love that Christ pours out on us, we can love him in turn and share his love with others, in the hope that they too will take their place in the community of friendship he established. He is the one who quietly opens hearts to receive that message. 99. You are the ones who hold the future! Saint Basil the Great, writing to young people, used the effort demanded by athletics to illustrate the value of self-sacrifice as a means of growth in virtue: “These men endure sufferings beyond number, they use many means to build their strength, they sweat constantly as they train... in a word, they so discipline themselves that their whole life prior to the contest is but a preparation for it... How then can we, who have been promised rewards so wondrous in number and in splendour that no tongue can recount them, even think of winning them if we do nothing other than spend our lives in leisure and make but half-hearted efforts?”. Such is the case with the scouting movement and other groups that encourage closeness to nature, camping trips, hiking, expeditions and campaigns to improve the environment. Die neue Wirklichkeit des Herrn, Mainz, 7th ed., 1991, 14.  Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (19 March 2016), 150: AAS 108 (2016), 369. Initiatives of welcome involving the Church have an important role from this perspective; they can bring new life to the communities capable of undertaking them”.. In the meantime, many attractively packaged offers will come your way. No! Lk 4:1-14). Hers was the ‘yes’ of someone prepared to be committed, someone willing to take a risk, ready to stake everything she had, with no more security than the certainty of knowing that she was the bearer of a promise. Christ is alive! 34. “Young migrants experience separation from their place of origin, and often a cultural and religious uprooting as well. The language of music also represents a pastoral resource with a particular bearing on the liturgy and its renewal”.  It is not easy, it always means having to give something up and to negotiate, but if we do it for the sake of helping others, we can have the magnificent experience of setting our differences aside and working together for something greater. Latin: Christus Vincit! Today we see that the world is destroying itself by war… So find ways of building social friendship”. In this way they do not bring forth the gifts the Lord has given them; they do not offer the world those unique personal talents that God has given to each of them. “So often in life, we waste time asking ourselves: ‘Who am I?’ You can keep asking, ‘Who am I?’ for the rest of your lives. A document written by the Pope Less formal than an encyclical, but more formal than an apostolic letter Written to call the faithful to action on some issue or issues Often written, as in this case, to Your work stops being just about making money, keeping busy or pleasing others. Orpheus, on the other hand, did something else to counter the siren song: he intoned an even more beautiful melody, which enchanted the sirens. 255. , 138. Antipope Francis “Apostolic Exhortation” Christus Vivit to Young People and the entire People of God March 25, 2019. 24. At the same time, we should not be hesitant, afraid to take chances or make mistakes. Instead, let us all climb aboard the same canoe and together seek a better world, with the constantly renewed momentum of the Holy Spirit. 277. To do so, however, they need young people who have no use for history, who spurn the spiritual and human riches inherited from past generations, and are ignorant of everything that came before them. 11. Some young people “find family traditions oppressive and they flee from them under the impulse of a globalized culture that at times leaves them without points of reference. This exuberance will be tempered by time and painful experiences, but it is important for “this youthful and still untested yearning for the infinite” to encounter the unconditional friendship that Jesus offers us. For example, since they are already so familiar with social networks, they should be encouraged to fill them with God, fraternity and commitment. It is passion, passionate love. “What I know is that God makes stories. His love is so real, so true, so concrete, that it invites us to a relationship of openness and fruitful dialogue. May she renew your youthfulness by the power of her prayers and accompany you always by her maternal presence. It takes courage, warmth and tact to help others distinguish the truth from illusions or excuses. If the years of your youth are to serve their purpose in life, they must be a time of generous commitment, whole-hearted dedication, and sacrifices that are difficult but ultimately fruitful. 107. 266. “We can tell fearful young people that anxiety about the future can be overcome”. Though our faith is as small as a mustard seed, God will give it growth and use it as an instrument for his work of salvation”. Many young people have come to appreciate silence and closeness to God. There are times when all our youthful energy, dreams and enthusiasm can flag because we are tempted to dwell on ourselves and our problems, our hurt feelings and our grievances. Faith in Jesus leads to greater hope, to a certainty based not on our qualities and skills, but on the word of God, on the invitation that comes from him. Both must be the object of particular discernment. In God’s word, we find many expressions of his love. For most young people, that house, their life, will be built on marriage and married love.  Spiritual Canticle, Red. 216. Christ is alive! , 82. 223. Misunderstood for her demeanour, her actions and her way of living the faith, Joan was burned at the stake. Young people are not meant to become discouraged; they are meant to dream great things, to seek vast horizons, to aim higher, to take on the world, to accept challenges and to offer the best of themselves to the building of something better. 286. To be credible to young people, there are times when she needs to regain her humility and simply listen, recognizing that what others have to say can provide some light to help her better understand the Gospel. 215. When young and old alike are open to the Holy Spirit, they make a wonderful combination. When intergenerational relationships exist, a collective memory is present in communities, as each generation takes up the teachings of its predecessors and in turn bequeaths a legacy to its successors. 0000007381 00000 n Yet at the empty tomb, we see another young person, “dressed in a white tunic” (16:5), who tells the women not to be afraid and proclaims the joy of the resurrection (cf. And those who, for all their limitations and weaknesses, try to live their faith with integrity. Jesus tells us that the wise are able to bring forth from their store things both new and old (cf. It is not enough that everything be calm and peaceful.  Catechism of the Catholic Church, 515. Seen that way, it puts us off. We grow in wisdom and maturity when we take the time to touch the suffering of others. 254. A mentor should believe wholeheartedly in a young person’s ability to participate in the life of the Church. That is why it is a good thing to let older people tell their long stories, which sometimes seem legendary or fanciful – they are the dreams of old people – yet are often full of rich experiences, of eloquent symbols, of hidden messages. 4. But be careful about one temptation that can hold us back. Fragmentation is also felt by the communities they leave behind, which lose their most vigorous and enterprising elements, and by families, especially when one or both of the parents migrates, leaving the children in the country of origin. Popular piety “is a legitimate way of living the faith” and “an expression of the spontaneous missionary activity of the People of God”.. For example, while adults often worry about having everything properly planned, with regular meetings and fixed times, most young people today have little interest in this kind of pastoral approach. , 281. 0000075817 00000 n 229. 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