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The pope speaks to the youth!!!

  1. 1. On Upright Conscience and Integrity of Life: The Pope Speaks to the Youth! Glimpses on Pope Francis' Homilies and Reflections during the WYD 2013 in Rio de Janeiro
  2. 2. Homily at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Conception in Aparecida (July 24, 2013) In Mary, the Church learns true discipleship!
  3. 3. Three Simple Attitudes: a. Hopefulness Scenario: Our young people feel attracted by many idols which take the place of God and appear to offer hope: money, success, power and pleasure. “Let us be lights of hope! Let us maintain a positive outlook on reality. Let us encourage the generosity which is typical of the young and help them to work actively in building a better world. Young people are a powerful engine for the Church and for society. They do not need material things alone; they need to have held up to them those non- material values which are the spiritual heart of the- Christian faith: spirituality, generosity, solidarity, perseverance, fraternity, joy
  4. 4. b. Openness to being surprised by God “God always saves the best for us. But he asks us to let ourselves be surprised by his love, to accept his surprises. Let us trust God!” c. Living in joy “Christians are joyful, they are never gloomy. God is at our side. Christians cannot be pessimists!”
  5. 5. Pope's Address to Argentinian Youth July 26, 2013 What do we expect as a consequence of the WYD? “I expect a mess. There will be one! I want people to go out! I want the Church to go out to the street! I want us to defend ourselves against everything that is worldliness, comfortableness & clericalism, that is being shut-in in ourselves. The Church can’t be an NGO!!!”
  6. 6. Scenario: This global civilization has gone too far! The worship of the god-money is such! Problems: a. the elderly are not looked after & are not allowed to speak & act. b. the exclusion of young people- without work and unemployment are very high!
  7. 7. Challenge: Take care of the two extremes of life! The elderly and the young! “Young people must go out, they must show their worth. Young people must go out to fight for values, to fight for values! And oldsters must open their mouth; the elderly must open their mouth and teach us, transmitting to us the wisdom of the nations.”
  8. 8. Don’t liquefy faith in Jesus Christ! There is orange milk shake, apple milk shake, banana milkshake, but please, don’t take liquefied faith! The faith is whole, it’s not to be liquefied. It is faith in Jesus. It is faith in the Son of God made man, who loved me and died for me. Faith in Jesus Christ isn’t a joke, it’s something very serious, it’s a scandal.
  9. 9. Pope's Welcome Address in Copacabana- July 26, 2013 Question of Jesus: Do you want to be my disciple? Do you want to be my friend? Do you want to be a witness to my Gospel? “ Put on faith!” … the train has arrived at Rio de Janeiro. The World Youth Day 20013 is an immense feast of faith!
  10. 10. Pope's Homily During the World Youth Day Prayer Service in Copacabana- July 26, 2013 What can we do? Put on Faith! “When we prepare a plate of food and we see that it needs salt, well, we “put on” salt; when it needs oil, then you “put on” oil. ….And so it is in our life young friends…to have real meaning and fulfillment…. “Put on faith”, and your life will take on a new flavor, it will have a compass to show you the way; “put on hope” and every one of your days will be enlightened and your horizon will no longer be dark, but luminous; “put on love”, and your life will be like a house built on rock, your journey will be joyful, because you will find many friends to journey with you. Put on faith, put on hope, put on love!”
  11. 11. Concretely, what does this mean? Christ awaits you in his Word; listen carefully to him and your heart will be warmed by his presence. Christ awaits you in the sacrament of Penance, to heal by his mercy the wounds caused by sin. Christ is waiting for you in his flesh in the Eucharist, in the language of charity, goodness and service.
  12. 12. Pope's Address During Stations of the Cross in Copacabana - July 27, 2013 Entrusting the Cross of Jesus to the Youth! “to carry it throughout the world as a symbol of Christ’s love for humanity"
  13. 13. Jesus is carrying the Cross with the Young! With the Cross, Jesus unites himself to the silence of the victims of violence, those who can no longer cry out, especially the innocent and the defenseless… With the Cross, he is united to families in trouble, and those who mourn the tragic loss of their children
  14. 14. On the Cross, Jesus is united with every person who suffers from hunger in a world… On the Cross, Jesus is united to the many mothers and fathers who suffer as they see their children become victims of drug-induced euphoria…
  15. 15. On the Cross, Jesus is united with those who are persecuted for their religion, for their beliefs or simply for the color of their skin… On the Cross, Jesus is united with so many young people who have lost faith in political institutions, because they see in them only selfishness and corruption;
  16. 16. Jesus unites himself with those young people who have lost faith in the Church, or even in God because of the counter-witness of Christians and ministers of the Gospel.
  17. 17. What can we get from our experience of the Cross? “It gives us a treasure that no one else can give: the certainty of the faithful love which God has for us. The Cross of Christ contains all the love of God!”
  18. 18. Challenge: Help the One carrying the Cross! “It teaches us always to look upon others with mercy and tenderness, especially those who suffer, who are in need of help, who need a word or a concrete action; the Cross invites us to step outside ourselves to meet them and to extend a hand to them.”
  19. 19. Pope's Homily at Closing Mass of World Youth Day at Copacabana Beach -July 28, 2013 “Jesus is calling you to be a disciple with a mission!” Three simple ideas: Go, do not be afraid, and serve!
  20. 20. Go!!! “Faith is a flame that grows stronger the more it is shared and passed on, so that everyone may know, love and confess Jesus Christ, the Lord of life and history.” The best tool for evangelizing the young: Another young person!
  21. 21. Do not be afraid!!! “We are sent together. Be aware of the companionship of the whole Church and also the communion of the saints on this mission. When we face challenges together, then we are strong.” Serve!!! “This should be the song of our life. It is allowing our life to be identified with that of Jesus, it is sharing his sentiments, his thoughts, his actions. And the life of Jesus is a life for others. It is a life of service.”
  22. 22. On Upright Conscience and Integrity of Life: The Pope Speaks to the Youth! Glimpses on Pope Francis' Homilies and Reflections during the WYD 2013 in Rio de Janeiro
  23. 23. Situations: (1) The youth are attracted to many idols: money, success, power & pleasure (2) Global civilization has gone too far! Exclusion of the elderly & the young (3) Situations of Injustices: violence, hunger, shameful poverty, drug abuse, discrimination, corruption & selfishness
  24. 24. Challenges:  Be Hopeful & be Generous! Held-up to non-material values  Be Open and Trust God!  Live in Joy and do not be pessimist!  Go out! Defend ourselves against worldliness...  Don't liquefy faith in Jesus!  Put on faith: new flavor, compass, be enlightened, be built on rock, joyful  Carry the Cross with Jesus! Be united with mercy and tenderness to those who suffer... (victims of violence, mourning, hungry, abused, discriminated, & lost their faith)
  25. 25. On Upright Conscience and Integrity of Life: The Pope Speaks to the Youth! Glimpses on Pope Francis' Homilies and Reflections during the WYD 2013 in Rio de Janeiro