In a letter to young people participating at the 2015 European Meeting of Youth (EEJ2015), Pope Francis urged “not to settle for a mediocre life without aspirations,” and said that young people should aim for a greater goal in life than that of just ‘settling’.
The Pope addressed more than 6,000 people in Avila, Spain; the birthplace of St. Teresa of Jesus. The letter was sent on the Pope’s behalf by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, and read at the closing of Mass at the EEJ2015 which took place August 5-9.
His Holy Father encouraged young people to commit “to grow in a deep life of friendship with Christ, to become aware every day of the immense gift received in baptism and confirmation, which drives us to bring Christ’s love to our brothers”.
Added in the message, the 78-year-old Pontiff greeted the participants and organizers who are also celebrating the V Centenary of the Birth of St. Teresa adding,
“Saint Teresa’s expression, ‘in hard times, strong friends of God,’ has special resonance when it refers to young people and their yearning for truth, goodness and beauty,”
“Therefore, the Holy Father encourages all not to conform themselves to a mediocre life without aspirations, and to force themselves instead to grow in a profound life of friendship with Christ, to become every day more aware of the immense gift received in Baptism and in Confirmation, which spurs us to love Christ in our brothers.”
Are you inspired by Pope Francis and his teachings?
The Australian Catholic University (ACU) are holding a Forum aimed at young people who wish to live according to Pope Francis’ vision of faith. The Forum titled, Youth Engaging the World: Living Pope Francis’ Vision of Faith will be held on Wednesday the 16th of September from 9:30am-4:30pm in Melbourne.
For more information on the Youth Forum or to register, please visit www.acu.edu.au/popefrancis.