Francis thanked and encouraged the young people: «Many of you are criticizing against pollution. We need this! Be aware of the company. And capable of dreaming, for me it is key “to look at the future” with courage “
VATICAN CITY. The Pontiff encourages young people to be “critical conscience of society, builders in the midst of the rubble, sentinels who know how to see the light in nocturnal visions”. Above all, «capable of dreaming, this is key for me» to look to the future «with courage». And he thanks them «for when you have the wounds of creation at heart. Many of you are criticizing against pollution. We need this ». And in general Francis says no “to whoever is first on the right and then on the left according to convenience.” This morning, in the Vatican Basilica, the Pope presides over Mass on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, on the occasion of the diocesan anniversary of the XXXVI World Youth Day, on the theme: «Get up! I constitute you witness of what you have seen ».
In his homily, the Bishop of Rome invites the young people to “raise their gaze from the ground, upwards, not to flee, no, to overcome the temptation to remain lying on the floors of our fears. This is the danger: that our fears hold up. Do not remain locked up in our thoughts to cry on ourselves ». It is the “most difficult task, but it is the fascinating task that is given to you: to stand while everything seems to be falling apart; to be sentinels who know how to see the light in nocturnal visions; to be builders in the midst of the rubble – there are so many in this world today, so many! – being able to dream, and this is key for me, a young person who is unable to dream has become old before his time ». Because this is what «the dreamer does: he does not allow himself to be absorbed by the night but lights up a flame, a light of hope that announces tomorrow. Dream, stay awake, and look to the future with courage ».
Jorge Mario Bergoglio wants to «tell you this – he continues always addressing the boys – we, all of us, are grateful to you when you dream. “But really? When young people dream, sometimes they make noise … “. Make a noise, because your noise is the fruit of your dreams. It means that you do not want to live in the night, when you make Jesus the dream of your life and you embrace him with joy, with a contagious enthusiasm that is good for us! ». Francesco thanks «for when you are able to carry on dreams with courage, for when you do not stop believing in the light even in the nights of your life, for when you work with passion to make our world more beautiful and human. Thank you for when you cultivate the dream of fraternity, for when you have the wounds of creation at heart, fight for the dignity of the weakest and spread the spirit of solidarity and sharing “. And in particular «thank you because in a world that, flattened on the earnings of the present, tends to suffocate the great ideals, do not lose the ability to dream in this world! Do not live or asleep or anesthetized. No: dream alive. This helps us adults and the Church. Yes, we also need as a Church to dream, we need the enthusiasm and ardor of young people to be witnesses of God who is always young! ».
The Pope wishes “to tell you something else: so many of your dreams correspond to those of the Gospel. Fraternity, solidarity, justice, peace: these are the same dreams of Jesus for humanity. Do not be afraid to open yourselves to the encounter with Him – he exhorts – He loves your dreams and helps you to make them come true. Cardinal Martini said that the Church and society need “dreamers who keep us open to the surprises of the Holy Spirit”. It’s nice. I wish you to be among these dreamers! ».
In Jesus’ freedom “we also find the courage to” go against the tide “. And this is a word that I would like to emphasize: going against the current, having the courage to go against the current; not against someone – who is the temptation of every day – as do the victimizers and conspirators, who always place the blame on others; no, against the unhealthy current of our selfish, closed and rigid self, which at times seeks ropes to survive. No, to go against the current to put ourselves in the wake of Jesus ». Christ “teaches us to go against evil with the only meek and humble force of good. Without shortcuts, without falsehoods, without duplicity. Our world, wounded by so many evils, does not need other ambiguous compromises, of people who go here and there like the waves of the sea – where the wind takes them, where their interests take them -, who is a a little to the right and a little to the left after having smelled what is worthwhile. The “equilibrists”. A Christian who goes like this seems to be more equilibrium than a Christian. The equilibrists who are always looking for a way not to get their hands dirty, not to compromise their life, not to play seriously. Please, be afraid of being young equilibrists ». Instead, it is necessary to be “free, authentic, be a critical conscience of society. Don’t be afraid to criticize! We need your criticism. Many of you are criticizing, for example, against environmental pollution. We need this! Be free in criticism. Have a passion for the truth, so that with your dreams you can say: my life is not a slave to the logic of this world, because I reign with Jesus for justice, for love and peace! ».
According to the Pope, “we need to put ourselves in front of Jesus to make the truth in us. We need to adore it to be free inside, to shed light on life and not be deceived by the fashions of the moment, by the fireworks of consumerism that dazzles and paralyzes. Friends, we are not here to be enchanted by the sirens of the world, but to take our life in hand, to “bite life”, to live it fully! ».
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