“The hearts of young people beat for Christ,” said Father Oreste Benzi. And here in Poland, during World Youth Day, from all over the world, with the flags of all the represented nations, began the feast of Christ, a true friend of young people, the hope of humanity, and the only one capable of attracting the future of new generations with challenging and engaging choices.
Young people need Christ and a community, a church that will witness through its own life its fundamental choice of justice, truth, solidarity, sharing, and will work to ensure everyone a family to grow up in, a home where to live with dignity, a school where to learn about the beauty of human and social relations, the possibility to be cured, a fair redistribution of earth’s resources, and attention to the creation as a place where everyone can live and enjoy the wonders of nature.
“The Lord invites you to become protagonists in the service; He wants you to become a concrete answer to the needs and sufferings of our humanity; He wants you to be a sign of His merciful love in our times. He shows you the path of personal commitment and self-sacrifice: it is the way of the cross. The way of the cross is the way of happiness, that is, always following Christ, till the end”. These are the words with which Pope Francis addressed thousands of young people flocked in Krakow to proclaim their faith to the world.
Those young people who are often considered a problem, but in reality are an asset, they are the wonder of God in this world that all too often is gray and tired of its own contradictions. They want to fulfil their originality and creativity in the bosom of a people, a community of life where profession, study, social and political engagement are not an end in itself, but part of a movement of new life-worlds. But especially where the poor are protagonists and considered fellow travelers.
The educational method of sobriety, essentiality, and frugality of courage, accompanied by discomfort reaches the hearts of many young people who rediscover their wonder and are filled with wonder after this joyful fraternal experience. It is an uncomfortable path, uphill, but filled with joy and meaning, which are lacking in the life of young people at present, because of the shallowness of the proposals the media generally transmit.
“Do not be afraid, open the doors to Christ!” said St. John Paul II. The Church is a travel companion, faithful to Christ’s message, whose continuity is revolutionary. It is open to the movements and to new communities, it is the spring of the Holy Spirit in the contemporary world. A non-violent people, thirsty for justice and truth, open to courageous choices to stay close to the poorest.