Christus Vivit 83: Wounds

We continue in the third chapter of the Holy Father’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation. You can access the full document on this link at the Vatican site.

Loss of a sense of sin? I don’t necessarily think so. Neither does Pope Francis.

83. Young people also experience setbacks, disappointments and profoundly painful memories. Often they feel “the hurt of past failures, frustrated desires, experiences of discrimination and injustice, of feeling unloved and unaccepted”. Then too “there are moral wounds, the burden of past errors, a sense of guilt for having made mistakes”.[FD 67]

Typical advice from a Jesuit, to suggest a turn to Jesus:

Jesus makes his presence felt amid these crosses borne by young people; he offers them his friendship, his consolation and his healing companionship. The Church wants to be his instrument on this path to interior healing and peace of heart.

Accompaniment of us while we are wounded or in pain is a hallmark of our God. The prophetic tradition of Judaism introduced the concept on a larger scale. Jesus illustrated this fully in his public ministry, and urged his disciples to do the same. We sense and discover the consolation of Christ when we are open to it. On the other side, when we allow ourselves to be his hand of support, his whisper of encouragement, his bandages and oil of healing.

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