At World Youth Day, Pope Speaks of Hope, Openness and Joy

At Mass in the Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Conception of Aparecida, Pope Francis said, “I would like to speak of three simple attitudes: hopefulness, openness to being surprised by God, and living in joy.”  His words on hope, especially, struck true to my heart.

Speaking of hopefulness, he said, “How many difficulties are present in the life of every individual, among our people, in our communities; yet as great as these may seem, God never allows us to be overwhelmed by them.”  What a beautiful sentiment that is—that even in difficulties, God is there.

Especially in my own life as a young adult, I have experienced difficulties that have brought me very close to the edge of despair.  Perhaps you have been there too, due to family dramas, problems at work, addictions, or sickness.  In those circumstances, it is easy to focus on the negative and forget that there is always hope.

The pope went on to say, “Always know in your heart that God is by your side; he never abandons you!”

I think that is a message that many young people need to hear.  There are so many instances where the young are let down—by their friends, superiors, and even family—that it is sometimes hard to think of God as being there for you always.  But that is the truth.

The pope said in his homily today, “Let us never lose hope! Let us never allow it to die in our hearts!”

What do you think of the pope’s message?  Please share your thoughts.

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