Christus Vivit 138: Restlessness

Let’s continue with “A time of dreams and decisions.” Let’s also not be afraid of restlessness. Restlessness can be a seed, and also a liminal experience to something beyond.

138. The love of God and our relationship with the living Christ do not hold us back from dreaming; they do not require us to narrow our horizons. On the contrary, that love elevates us, encourages us and inspires us to a better and more beautiful life. Much of the longing present in the hearts of young people can be summed up in the word “restlessness”. As Saint Paul VI said, “In the very discontent that you often feel… a ray of light is present”.[Homily at Mass with Young People in Sydney (2 December 1970): AAS 63 (1971), 64] Restless discontent, combined with exhilaration before the opening up of new horizons, generates a boldness that leads you to stand up and take responsibility for a mission. This healthy restlessness typical of youth continues to dwell in every heart that remains young, open and generous. True inner peace coexists with that profound discontent. As Saint Augustine said: “You have created us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you”.[Confessions, I, 1, 1: PL 32, 661]

And of course, Saint Augustine’s most famous prayer is included. Worth having on our lips. The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.

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