Christus Vivit 109: Renewal

109. If you are young in years, but feel weak, weary or disillusioned, ask Jesus to renew you. With him, hope never fails. You can do the same if you feel overwhelmed by vices, bad habits, selfishness or unhealthy pastimes. Jesus, brimming with life, wants to help you make your youth worthwhile. In this way, you will not deprive the world of the contribution that you alone can make, in all your uniqueness and originality.

An interesting and essentially Ignatian approach here: notice Pope Francis does not tell the young person to pray, at least in so many words. He counsels a person to seek a conversation. This mirrors Luke 11, post-Lord’s Prayer. Ask for renewal, and seek the hope for putting aside a former life. The only way to achieve this, to cooperate with God’s grace, is the insistent knocking–badgering God if you will–to help set one’s will to renewal.

You can access the full document on this link at the Vatican site.

The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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