Notable quotations from Pope John Paul II and official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church
Do not be afraid to meet Jesus: indeed, seek Him in reading Sacred Scripture with attention and availability and in personal and communal prayer; seek Him in active participation in the Eucharist; seek Him as you meet a priest for the sacrament of Reconciliation; seek Him in the Church which is manifest to you in parish groups, movements, and associations; seek Him in the face of the suffering brother who is in need and a stranger.
"Listen!" Do not tire of training yourselves in the difficult discipline of listening. Listen to the voice of the Lord Who is speaking to you through the events of daily life, through the joys and sufferings that go with it, the people who are close to you, the voice of your conscience thirsting for truth, goodness and beauty.
If you are able to open your hearts and minds with availability, you will discover "your vocation", in other words, the plan that God in His love has devised for you from eternity.
Through your own witness, you will be able to confirm that even amid all the difficulties and obstacles, it is possible to live Christian marriage to the full as an experience filled with meaning and ... "good news" for all families.
Or if this is your vocation, you will be a priest or a Religious, giving your life to Christ and to the Church with an undivided heart and thus becoming a sign of Godís loving presence in todayís world... You will be able to be an undaunted and unflagging apostle, watchful in prayer, cheerful, and welcoming in community service.
"Set out on your way!" Do not be content with discussion; Do not wait to do good for opportunities that may never come. The time for action is now!
You ... are called to proclaim the message of the Gospel with the testimony of your lives. The Church needs your energies, your enthusiasm, your youthful ideals to ensure that the Gospel permeates the fabric of society and inspires a civilization of authentic justice and love without discrimination.
Now more than ever, in a world all too often deprived of light and the courage of noble ideals, it is not the time to be ashamed of the Gospel (cf. Rom 1:6). Rather, it is time to preach it from the rooftops (cf. Mt 10:27).
(Source: Address to Swiss youth, June 5, 2004, Bern, Switzerland)
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