70,000 Teens from across the world gathered in Rome
24-26 April, to celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy with Pope Francis. Some intense moments from those three days.
Dear young friends, at this stage in your lives you have a growing desire to demonstrate and receive affection. The Lord will guide your hearts to “love without being possessive”…, love is free! In the Mass we learn to receive Jesus’ love, to make it ours and to give it to the world.
There is no App for happiness
Be skeptical about people who want to make you believe that you are important only if you act tough like the heroes in films or if you wear the latest fashions. Your happiness has no price. It cannot be bought: it is not an app that you can download on your phones nor will the latest update bring you freedom and grandeur in love.
(From the speech during the evening festival at Rome’s Olympic Stadium)
On True Friendship
The Lord is a friend forever. Even if you disappoint him and walk away from him, Jesus continues to want the best for you and to remain close to you; he believes in you even more than you believe in yourself.
Let not your affections be tainted by an instinctive desire “to have” what we find pleasing; this is selfishness. Our consumerist culture reinforces this tendency. Yet when we hold on too tightly to something, it fades, it dies, and then we feel confused, empty inside. The secret of love is in caring for others, respecting them, protecting them and waiting for them… putting tenderness and love into action.
Love = responsibility
Love is a free gift which calls for an open heart; love is a responsibility, but a noble responsibility which is life-long; it is a daily task for those who can achieve great dreams! It’s a pity if you do not know how to dream and do not dare to dream! If a person of your age is not able to dream, if they have already gone into retirement… this is not good.
Many people will say to you that freedom means doing whatever you want. But that makes us self-centered and aloof, and it prevents us from being open and sincere friends; it is not true to say ‘it is good enough if it serves me’. Instead, freedom is the gift of being able to choose the good: this is true freedom.