CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 13 July 2019

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Provoke an uprising of change pope urges young people

VATICAN (CNS): “Dear young people, take courage, enter within yourselves and ask God: ‘What do you want from me?’ Allow God to answer you. Then you will see how your life is transformed and filled with joy,” Pope Francis said in a video message for the upcoming World Youth Day, released by the Vatican on November 21.
 
The pope called on young people to provoke an uprising of change by serving others. He said that in helping those who are suffering, both young believers and non-believers can find “a strength that can change the world.” 
 
He said, “It is a revolution that can overturn the powerful forces at work in our world. It is the ‘revolution’ of service.” 
 
In his message, the pope referenced the theme of the event, May it be done to me according to your word, taken from the gospel according to Luke, saying the words uttered by Mary during the Annunciation are “the positive reply of one who understands the secret of vocation: to go beyond oneself and place oneself at the service of others.”
 
Life, he said, can only find meaning when serving God and others. Like Mary, young people must engage “in conversation with God with an attitude of listening” so that they may discover their calling either in marriage, consecrated life or the priesthood.
 
“The important thing is to discover what God wants from us and to be brave enough to say ‘yes’,” the pope said, adding, “When God has a proposition for us, like the one he had for Mary, it is not intended to extinguish our dreams, but to ignite our aspirations.”
 
Pope Francis encouraged young people to say yes to God’s calling, which is “the first step toward being happy and toward making many people happy.”

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