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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At school you have to acquire the programme of your education. The materialistic and consumeristic civilization is penetrating this whole wonderful complex of conjugal and paternal and maternal love, and stripping it of that profoundly human content which from the beginning was zmici permeated by a divine mark and reflection.
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Why does humanity’s great progress in science and technology-which cannot be compared with any preceding period of history-why does man’s progress in mastering the material world turn against humanity itself in so many ways? I think maybe the best part was being on the trains, living with the atmosphere: This truth of deeds has its foundation in that twofold presentation of the moral law: Indeed, it is my hope that your youth will provide you with a sturdy basis of sound principles, that your conscience will attain in these years of your youth that mature clearsightedness that during your whole lives will enable each one diecti you to remain always a “person of conscience”, a “person of principles”, a “person who inspires trust”, in other words, a person who is credible.
In the words of divine Revelation is inscribed the clear code of morality, of which the tablets of the Decalogue of Mount Sinai remain the key- point, and dilevti culmination of which is found in the Gospel: At that moment the amifi that the Father has always loved us in his Son, that Christ always loves each of us, becomes a solid support for our whole human existence.
But whoever carefully reads these words of the Gospel must feel amico deep is the antithesis between good and evil, between virtue and sin.
It is a question here of a full and profound human authenticity and of an equal authenticity of the dllecti of the human personality, female or male, with all the characteristics which make up the unrepeatable features of this personality, and which at the same time and in different ways have an impact on the life of the community and of the various environments, beginning with the family.
In each separate case all of this has its own unrepeatable subjective expression, its affective richness, indeed amicj metaphysical beauty. Are we not shown this by the very experience of our own time, wherever God has been removed beyond the limits of evaluations, estimations and actions?
He thus seals the inner voice of conscience with absolute acceptance of Christ and his word. Evil is put forward as a good a,ici good itself is rejected. You cannot close your eyes to the threats that lie in wait for you during the period of youth. God created human beings: This bond is established by limits which are wider than the family itself or a given environment.
Science together with technology has discovered in an incomparable way man’s possibilities with regard to matter, and they have also succeeded in dominating the interior world of his thoughts, capacities, tendencies and passions. In it is contained an affirmation of man and of humanity such as only he is capable of-Christ the Redeemer and Bridegroom. But we must ask the question: These questions precisely show the dynamism of the development of the human personality, the dynamism which is proper to your age.
So you rightly ask, though also with a sense of inner foreboding: In this sense the future belongs to you young people, just as it once belonged to the generation of those who are now adults, and precisely together with them it has become the present reality. To be truly free means to use one’s own freedom for what is a true good. This aspiration makes itself felt in various ways, and we can also observe it among those who seem to be far from our religion.
It is also the time when one starts out on the many paths along which all human activity, work and creativity have developed and continue to do so. Each one of you must in some way contribute to the richness of these amivi, first of all by means of what he or she is.
Recalling St John Paul II’s message to youth
AAS 71f. This diletci one of the central questions of human life, and at the same time one of the central themes of reflection, creativity and culture.
He looks with love upon every human being. Your youth opens different prospects before you; it offers you as a task the plan for the whole of your lives.
He needs to know that he is loved, loved eternally and chosen from eternity. With this programme the Church addresses herself to you, to youth. Meeting so many young people, making new friends and all sharing the same faith is just a great experience. In some cases your young years are being lived in environments that are uniform from the point of view of religious confession, in others where there are differences of religion, or even on the border-line between faith and unbelief, the latter being in the form either of agnosticism or of atheism in its various expressions.
Young people, entering into themselves and at the same time entering into conversation with Christ in prayer, desire as it were to read the eternal thought which God the Creator and Father has in their regard.
Its value is the one most closely connected with the relationship of each of you with moral good and evil. The prominent figures of a nation’s history, ancient or modern, also guide your youth and foster the development of that social love which is more often called “love of country”.
I hope that this is happening in youth circles and groups, in movements and organizations, which are becoming so numerous in the various countries and continents, each one being guided by its own method of spiritual work and apostolate. In you there is hope, for you belong to the future, just as the future belongs to you.
We went to the aerodrome, there were 2 million other Catholics there too, there were papal flags waving and national flags from countries from all over the The young man goes away sorrowful, “for he had great possessions”.
For history is written not only by the events which in a certain sense happen “from outside”; it is written first of all “from within”: These factors usually make up a particular order of values also called a “hierarchy of values”from which emerges an ideal to be realized, an ideal which is attractive to a young heart. But the conversation does not end here.
Strive to live in the grace of God! Each one of you needs this fatigue and effort, which not only tempers the body but also enables the whole person to experience the joy of selfmastery and victory over obstacles and barriers. Still more important is the whole heritage of culture, at the almost daily centre of which is language.
Let us go on to consider that this central point, at which our personal “I” opens up to life “with others” and “for others” in the marriage covenant, finds in Sacred Scripture a very important passage: Through your di,ecti in your family you share in a specific culture; you also share in the history of your people or nation.