Christus Vivit 13: A Young Heart

Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site. In this paragraph, Saint Paul assists in making a case for the young heart. Does the apostle mean young? Or does he mean new? 

13. Jesus, himself eternally young, wants to give us hearts that are ever young. God’s word asks us to “cast out the old leaven that you may be fresh dough” (1 Cor 5:7). Saint Paul invites us to strip ourselves of the “old self” and to put on a “young” self (Col 3:9-10).[ The Greek word usually translated “new” can also mean “young”] In explaining what it means to put on that youthfulness “which is being renewed” (v. 10), he mentions “compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving each other if anyone has a complaint against another” (Col 3:12-13). In a word, true youth means having a heart capable of loving, whereas everything that separates us from others makes the soul grow old. And so he concludes: “above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Col 3:14).

I’m not going to task the Holy Father over his emphasis here. When he cites Colossians, he’s listing virtues–virtues that anyone can have, young or old. The advice is good. Probably can’t be improved. We all, at any age, can aspire to that heart capable and striving for love. Any comments?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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