youth

Youth

“Dear young men and women, in Christ you find fulfilled your every desire for goodness and happiness. He alone can satisfy your deepest longings, which are so often clouded by deceptive worldly promises. As Saint John Paul II said: ‘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’...

“You young people are brave adventurers! If you allow yourselves to discover the rich teachings of the Church on love, you will discover that Christianity does not consist of a series of prohibitions which stifle our desire for happiness, but rather a project for life capable of captivating our hearts...

“The Lord’s invitation to encounter him is made to each of you, in whatever place or situation you find yourself. It suffices to have the desire for “a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter you; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day”.

Pope Francis, Message for the Thirtieth World Youth Day 2015


"I want the Archdiocese to be one in which the Gospel is preached with joy, the wisdom of our tradition lived with fidelity, the Sacraments celebrated with dignity and welcome, and the seminaries, convents and youth groups teaming with new life. I want a Church in which our schools, parishes and chaplaincies are truly centres of the New Evangelisation, our laity theologically literate and spiritually well-formed, our outreach to the needy effective and growing, and God glorified above all.

“I want you, young people, to truly live "the Joy of the Gospel. The Church has a task reconnecting with you, not because you are the future of the Church, but because you , young people, ARE the Church."


Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney, Theology on Tap Sydney, December 2014