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This was the verse of scripture that St. John Paul II chose to begin his apostolic letter to the youth of the world, Dilecti amici (“Dear. Oct 2, – am.- “Always be prepared to make a the hope that is in you.” «Previous Page 1 of 1 Next». AddThis Sharing Buttons. Share to . DILECTI AMICI JPII TO YOUTH. alt. APOSTOLIC LETTER DILECTI AMICI. OF POPE JOHN PAUL II. TO THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD. “Always be prepared to .

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This aspiration makes itself felt in various ways, and we can also observe it among those who seem to be far from our religion. The secretary general of an upcoming synod of bishops said Monday he thinks the abuse scandal in Let it develop into the maturity of a vocation! And, as we have already said, it is all concentrated around love, not only as a commandment but also as a gift: Especially grave in the mouth of him who came to reveal love.

Today, the principles of Christian morality concerning marriage are in many circles being presented in a distorted way. In this same context the series of commandments which constitute the fundamental code of Christian morality is completed by the series of evangelical counsels, which in a special way express and make concrete Christ’s call to perfection, which is a call to holiness.

These words, once written by the Apostle Peter to the first generation of Christians, have a relationship with the whole of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You young people are the ones who embody this youth: And in this dimension the first and principal wish that the Church expresses for you young people, through my lips, in this Year dedicated to Youth, is this: The work which characterizes the period of youth is, above all, a preparation for the work of adulthood, and so is linked to the school.

You are strong because it instills into you love, good will, respect for people, for their life, their dignity, their conscience, their beliefs and their rights. These too can leave their mark on your whole life. Finally, I am thinking of those groups of young people, your peers, who-especially in certain societies and environments-are deprived of the opportunity of education, often even at the elementary level.

For an interior structure of this kind, where “the truth makes us free”,-cannot be built only “from outside”. It means to know how to use one’s freedom in wmici be “truly” free. I desire therefore to entrust to all of you, the young people to whom this Letter is addressed, idlecti marvelous task which is linked with the discovery before God of each one’s life vocation.


Your creative, fatherly plan? This is a key question for man: Christ tells him to keep the commandments, to which the young man responds that he has observed the commandments of the decalogue since his youth.

One could say that by being in contact with nature we absorb into our own human existence the very mystery of creation which reveals itself to us through the untold wealth and variety of visible beings, and which at the same time is always beckoning us towards what is hidden and invisible.

Here we come back to the parable of the talents, the talents which we receive from the Creator through our parents and families, and also through the national community to which we belong. It is not an easy road, yet the Lord assures us of his grace and he never leaves us on our own.

With this programme the Church addresses amifi to you, to youth. And as we thus pray, in cilecti great community of the young people of the universal Church and of all the Churches, we have before our eyes the image of Mary, who accompanies Christ at the beginning of his mission among men.

It must be accomplished already in the period of youth, if through work, education, and especially through self-education, we create life itself, building the foundation of the successive development of our personality.

But at the same time the awareness renewed by the Second Vatican Council of the universal sharing of all the baptized in Christ’s three-fold prophetic, amidi and kingly mission, tria muneraas also the awareness of the universal vocation to holiness, 59 have led to a realization of the fact that every human life vocation, as a Christian vocation, corresponds amico the evangelical call.

But we must ask the question: Fr Francesco, from Italy: The Church finds the same “follow me” of Christ at the beginning of the religious vocation, whereby, through the profession of the evangelical counsels chastity, poverty and obediencea man or woman recognizes as his or her own the programme of life which Christ himself lived on earth, for the sake of dilecgi Kingdom of God.

When you’re walking around and you’re on the trains and you’re goi The young man in the Gospel was precisely in this existential phase, as we can deduce from the questions he asks zmici his conversation with Jesus. Truly the human heart is restless until it rests in God.

Dilecti Amici (March 31, ) | John Paul II

For “the harvest is plentiful” 57 and there is an enormous need for many to be reached by Christ’s call “Follow me”. The thing that gave it ajici completely for me was when we had to change the location of the fin Are you aware of the inestimable value that you have in the eyes of God?


Youth is the period when this great theme affects in an experimental and creative way the soul and body of every young woman and young man, and manifests itself in the youthful conscience together with the fundamental discovery of the personal “I” in all its manifold potentiality. The concept of “homeland” develops immediately after the concept of “family”, and in a certain sense one within the other. She also sees herself in dialogue with the followers of the non-Christian religions, and with all people of good will.

Perhaps we shall see this relationship more clearly when we meditate upon Christ’s conversation with amicl young man, recorded by the Evangelists.

Recalling St John Paul II’s message to youth

When we say that the future belongs to you, we are thinking in categories of human impermanence, which is always a journey towards the future. It is a period which is certainly distinguished from the period of childhood it is precisely the time when one leaves the years of childhoodjust as it is also distinguished from the period of full maturity.

Any other question about the meaning and value of our life would be, in the presence of Christ, insufficient and unessential. The prayer which reveals the Father and at the same time confirms that people are brothers and sisters of one another -and whose whole essence is contrary to all programmes based on the principle of conflict between human beings in any form.

Nor is it possible to detach man from God and set him up in opposition to God. In the Sermon on the Mount Christ confirms the whole moral law, at the centre of which are the Mosaic tablets of the Ten Commandments. My wish for each of you is that you may discover this look of Christ, and experience it in all its depth. This is how it has been since the beginning, since apostolic times. However, “the light has come into the world”, 18 “and the darkness has not overcome it”. It is good for people to read this wonderful book-the “book of nature”, which lies open for each one of us.

All this has become the content of our modern civilization. From its very beginning the history of humanity passes-and will amjci so until the end- through the family.

For this same intention the Bishops and priests in the different places will pray together with you. What must I do so that my life may have full value and full meaning?