139. Sometime ago, a friend asked me what I see in a young person. My response was that “I see someone who is searching for his or her own path, who wants to fly on their two feet, who faces the world and looks at the horizon with eyes full of the future, full of hope as well as illusions. A young person stands on two feet as adults do, but unlike adults, whose feet are parallel, he always has one foot forward, ready to set out, to spring ahead. Always racing onward. To talk about young people is to talk about promise and to talk about joy. Young people have so much strength; they are able to look ahead with hope. A young person is a promise of life that implies a certain degree of tenacity. He is foolish enough to delude himself, and resilient enough to recover from that delusion”.[God is Young. A Conversation with Thomas Leoncini, New York, Random House, 2018, 4]
The citation about delusion and resilience gets attention from me, but I think it’s pretty accurate. Would that we all had that resilience. Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.
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