Prayer of the Pope

Lord Jesus

in journeying towards the Synod, your Church

turns her attention to all the young people of the world.

We pray that they might boldly take charge of their lives,

aim for the most beautiful and profound things of life

and always keep their hearts unencumbered.

Accompanied by wise and generous guides, help them respond to

the call you make to each of them,

to realize a proper plan of life and achieve happiness.

Keep their hearts open to dreaming great dreams

and make them concerned for the good of others.

Like the Beloved Disciple, may they stand at the foot of the Cross,

to receive your Mother as a gift from you.

May they be witnesses to your Resurrection

and be aware that you are at their side

as they joyously proclaim you as Lord.

Amen.

-Pope Francis

Dear Young People…

It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.

-Saint (Pope) John Paul II

1987 FILE PHOTO OF POPE JOHN PAUL II