The Gospel Of Life

Pope John Paul II spoke on the gospel call to serve and how young people play a vital role in their communities and the spread of the gospel. (See “Young, Single, and Afire with Faith,” p.1)

Jesus went in search of the men and women of his time. He engaged them in an open and truthful dialogue, whatever their condition. As the good Samaritan of the human family, he came close to people to heal them of their sins and of the wounds which life inflicts, and to bring them back to the Father's house. Young people of World Youth Day the Church asks you to go, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to those who are near and those who are far away. Share with them the freedom you have found in Christ. People thirst for genuine inner freedom. They yearn for the life which Christ came to give in abundance. The World at the approach of a new millennium, for which the whole Church is preparing, is like a field ready for the Harvest. Christ needs laborers ready to work in his vineyard. May you, the Catholic young people of the world, not fail him. In your hands, carry the Cross of Christ. On your lips, the words of life. In your hearts the saving grace of the Lord.

(World Youth Day, 1993)

The Earth is Not Our Mother

“The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to admire, but not to imitate.”—G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy