Sunday, March 22, 2009

Holy Father's words of hope to young people

I love these words of the Holy Father, spoken to all the young people on the whole continent of Africa. Indeed, God changes us and makes us new!


"God makes all the difference ... and more! God changes us; he makes us new! This is what he has promised: 'Behold, I make all things new' (Rev 21:5). It is true! The Apostle Paul tells us: 'If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled himself to us'(2 Cor 5:17-18). In ascending to Heaven and entering eternity, Jesus Christ has become the Lord of all ages. So he can walk with us as a friend in the present, carrying in his hand the book of our days. In his hand he also holds the past, the foundation and source of our life. He also carefully holds the future, allowing us to catch a glimpse of the most beautiful dawn we will ever see: the dawn that radiates from him, the dawn of the Resurrection. God is the future of a new humanity, which is anticipated in his Church. When you have a chance, take time to read the Church's history. You will find that the Church does not grow old with the passing of the years. Rather, she grows younger, for she is journeying towards her Lord, day by day drawing nearer to the one true fountain overflowing with youthfulness, rebirth, the power of life."

2 comments:

  1. The Ironic CatholicMarch 23, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    Wow, that's lovely. Thanks for sharing that.

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  2. You're welcome. I was deeply moved by this passage. The words the Holy Father speaks to young people are so beautiful. Who would've thought?

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