Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site. Having touched on the notion of older persons and what they have to offer the young, the Holy Father draws on Scripture to expound on living one’s young life trying to be good:
17. In the Gospel of Mark, we find a man who, listening to Jesus speak of the commandments, says, “All these I have observed from my youth” (10:20). The Psalmist had already said the same thing: “You, O Lord, are my hope; my trust, O Lord, from my youth… from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds” (Ps 71:5.17). We should never repent of spending our youth being good, opening our heart to the Lord, and living differently.
One saint lamented a wasted youth:
None of this takes away from our youth but instead strengthens and renews it: “Your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Ps 103:5). For this reason, Saint Augustine could lament: “Late have I loved you, beauty ever ancient, ever new!
Another nameless man who was once rooted in virtue, found himself adrift from the Lord:
Late have I loved you!”[ Confessions, X, 27: PL 32, 795] Yet that rich man, who had been faithful to God in his youth, allowed the passing years to rob his dreams; he preferred to remain attached to his riches (cf. Mk 10:22).
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