you ever been on a pilgrimage? I’ve been to several and I can say that there
are some characteristics that all of them have in common, like going out of our
comfort level, finding the unexpected, acquiring new physical and spiritual habits,
living with a new group of people for days or weeks, making new friends, etc. But
at the same time, each pilgrimage is different and unique.
time we go on a journey we are eager to find out what is coming next. Filled
with excitement, we just want to get there and discover “a new world”… Most
importantly though, we want to know what God wants us to discover about
ourselves and the world. He is Truth itself, and He shows us the truth. But we
need to be open to embracing it.
This past July I went to Brazil for World Youth Day. I was one of the
millions who took part in this beautiful journey of faith. The theme of WYD this
year was “Go and make disciples of all nations.” These are the words that Jesus
used to send off His disciples, and He still uses those same words to invite us
to share the gift of faith with everyone, to share the personal encounter we
have with Him who is risen.
did I find on my pilgrimage this time? I’ve found a Pope full of energy, who
was able to spiritually enlighten about four million young people. I’ve found a
generation hungry and thirsty for meaning, a courageous generation open to
facing new challenges and to go against today’s world, embracing the opportunity
to change their lives according to the Gospel.
the portrait of the youth that the media gives us every day, I believe the
facts show that the Gospel is the answer to every human being, and in a special
way, to the youth and young adults that are looking for meaning. The Pope
addressed the youth telling them to live life to the fullest
. He said: “Dear young people don’t spend life on the
sidelines, get involved! Jesus didn't stay in the sidelines....He got
In my opinion this is something we all need to remember:
we all have a place in our world today. How are you
contributing to shape our world today? (To
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