As I read through this paragraph, it reminds me of the best of the post-conciliar years of the last century. We lost much of whatever ability we had to take risks. And taking those risks is essential not just for being young, but for staying alive.
37. Christ’s Church can always yield to the temptation to lose enthusiasm because she no longer hears the Lord calling her to take the risk of faith, to give her all without counting the dangers; she can be tempted to revert to seeking a false, worldly form of security. Young people can help keep her young. They can stop her from becoming corrupt; they can keep her moving forward, prevent her from being proud and sectarian, help her to be poorer and to bear better witness, to take the side of the poor and the outcast, to fight for justice and humbly to let herself be challenged. Young people can offer the Church the beauty of youth by renewing her ability to “rejoice with new beginnings, to give unreservedly of herself, to be renewed and to set out for ever greater accomplishments”.[Vatican II, Message to Young Men and Women (8 December 1965): AAS 58 (1966), 18]
Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.
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