Have courage, go forward and make noise: Pope Francis to youth

Pope Francis meets Youth in St Peter's, August 29 2013.Pope Francis recently met with 500 young people in St Peter’s Basillica. There he spoke to them from the heart, asking them to have courage to go forward against the current culture, and to make noise all the while holding on to the values of goodness, beauty and truth.  The following text is cross-posted from Zenit.

Pope Francis’ Address to Youth – August 29 2013

Thank you for this visit!

The bishop said that I made a great gesture in coming here. But I did it out of selfishness. Do you know why? Because I like being with you! So this is a selfishness.

Why do I like being with the youth? Because you all have inside your heart a promise of hope. You are bearers of hope. You all, it’s true, live in the present, but looking towards the future…you are  authors of the future, craftsmen of the future.  Then – and this is your joy – it is a beautiful thing to go towards the future, with dreams, with so many beautiful things – and it is also your responsibility. To become craftsmen of the future.

When someone tells me: “But, Father, these are horrible times…Look, we can do nothing!” What do you mean nothing can be done? And I explain that many things can be done! But when a young person tells me: “What horrible times these are, Father, we can do nothing!” Please! I’ll send him to a psychiatrist! Because, truly, one can’t understand, one can’t understood a young man or a young woman who doesn’t want to set his or her sights on a grand ideal, grand [plans] for the future. Afterward, they end up doing whatever they can, but their longing is for great and beautiful things. And you all are craftsmen of the future. Why? Because inside of you all you have three desires: the desire of beauty.

You like beauty, and when you make music, do theatre, make paintings – things of beauty – you are searching for that beauty, you are researchers of beauty. First. Second:  you are prophets of goodness. You all like goodness, to be good. And this goodness is contagious, it helps all others. And also – third-, you are thirsty for truth: to search for the truth. “But, Father, I have the truth!” But you are mistaken, because you can’t have truth, we don’t carry it, it is found. It is an encounter with the truth, that is God, but it must be looked for. And these three desires that you have in your heart, you should bring them forward, to the future, and make a future with beauty, with goodness and with truth.

Do you understand? This is the challenge: your challenge. But if you are lazy, if you are sad  – and this is something ugly, a sad young person – if you are sad…that beauty will not be beauty, that goodness will not be goodness and that truth will be something or other… Think about this: setting your sights on a great ideal, the ideal of making a world of goodness, beauty and truth. This, you can do, you have the power to do it. If you do not do it, it’s because of laziness. This is what I wanted to tell you, this is what I wanted to tell you.

I wanted to tell you this, to tell you: courage, go forward, make noise. Where there is youth, there should be noise. Then, we’ll adjust things, but the dreams of a young person always make noise. Go forward! In life there will always be people with proposals to curb, to block your way. Please, go against the current. Be courageous, courageous: go against the current. And that there will be someone who says: “No, but this… I drink a bit of alcohol, take some drugs and I’m getting ahead.” No! Go against the current of this civilization that is doing so much harm. Do you understand this? To go against the current; and this means to make noise, to go forward, but with the values of beauty, of goodness and of truth. This is what I wanted to tell you. I want to wish you all well, a good work, joy in the heart: joyful youth!

And for this I would like to give you the Blessing. But first, all together, we will pray to Our Lady who is the Mother of beauty, the Mother of goodness and the Mother of truth, that she gives us this grace of courage because Our Lady was courageous, she had courage, this woman! She was good, good, good! Let us ask her, who is in Heaven, who is our Mother, that she give us the grace of courage to go forward and against the current. All together, as you are, we pray a Hail Mary to Our Lady.

For more go to Zenit.

Respect Life Month – Day Twenty

St Maria Goretti“Education in love as self-giving is also the indispensable premise for parents called to give their children a clear and delicate sex education. Faced with a culture that largely reduces human sexuality to the level of something common place, since it interprets and lives it in a reductive and impoverished way by linking it solely with the body and with selfish pleasure, the educational service of parents must aim firmly at a training in the area of sex that is truly and fully personal: for sexuality is an enrichment of the whole person-body, emotions and soul-and it manifests its inmost meaning in leading the person to the gift of self in love.

Sex education, which is a basic right and duty of parents, must always be carried out under their attentive guidance, whether at home or in educational centers chosen and controlled by them. In this regard, the Church reaffirms the law of subsidiarity, which the school is bound to observe when it cooperates in sex education, by entering into the same spirit that animates the parents.

In this context education for chastity is absolutely essential, for it is a virtue that develops a person’s authentic maturity and makes him or her capable of respecting and fostering the “nuptial meaning” of the body. Indeed Christian parents, discerning the signs of God’s call, will devote special attention and care to education in virginity or celibacy as the supreme form of that self-giving that constitutes the very meaning of human sexuality.”  (John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, #37)

  • Oppose Family Planning type sex education in your children’s pre-schools, primary schools and high schools, and suggest chastity based programmes for your child’s high school.  (Younger children do not need any form of sex education in the classroom).

A Prayer for Chastity

Jesus, Lover of chastity,  Mary, Mother most pure, and Joseph, chaste guardian of the Virgin, to you I come at this hour, begging you to plead with God for me.  I earnestly wish to be pure in thought, word and deed in imitation of your own holy purity.  Obtain for me, then, a deep sense of modesty which will be reflected in my external conduct.  Protect my eyes, the windows of my soul, from anything that might dim the luster of a heart that must mirror only Christ like purity.  And when the “Bread of Angels” becomes the “Bread of me” in my heart at Holy Communion, seal it forever against the suggestions of sinful pleasures.

Heart of Jesus, Fount of all purity, have mercy on us.

Pro-Life Month – Day Twenty

“Education in love as self-giving is also the indispensable premise for parents called to give their children a clear and delicate sex education. Faced with a culture that largely reduces human sexuality to the level of something common place, since it interprets and lives it in a reductive and impoverished way by linking it solely with the body and with selfish pleasure, the educational service of parents must aim firmly at a training in the area of sex that is truly and fully personal: for sexuality is an enrichment of the whole person-body, emotions and soul-and it manifests its inmost meaning in leading the person to the gift of self in love.

Sex education, which is a basic right and duty of parents, must always be carried out under their attentive guidance, whether at home or in educational centers chosen and controlled by them. In this regard, the Church reaffirms the law of subsidiarity, which the school is bound to observe when it cooperates in sex education, by entering into the same spirit that animates the parents.

In this context education for chastity is absolutely essential, for it is a virtue that develops a person’s authentic maturity and makes him or her capable of respecting and fostering the “nuptial meaning” of the body. Indeed Christian parents, discerning the signs of God’s call, will devote special attention and care to education in virginity or celibacy as the supreme form of that self-giving that constitutes the very meaning of human sexuality.”  (John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, #37)

  • Oppose Family Planning type sex education in your children’s pre-schools, primary schools and high schools, and suggest chastity based programmes for your child’s high school.  (Younger children do not need any form of sex education in the classroom).

A Prayer for Chastity

Jesus, Lover of chastity,  Mary, Mother most pure, and Joseph, chaste guardian of the Virgin, to you I come at this hour, begging you to plead with God for me.  I earnestly wish to be pute in thought, word and deed in imitation of your own holy purity.  Obtain for me, then, a deep sense of modesty which will be reflected in my external conduct.  Protect my eyes, the windows of my soul, from anything that might dim the luster of a heart that must mirror only Christ like purity.  And when the “Bread of Angels” becomes the “Bread of me” in my heart at Holy Communion, seal it forever against the suggestions of sinful pleasures.

Heart of Jesus, Fount of all purity, have mercy on us.