156. In this way, we can experience a constant closeness to him, greater than anything we can experience with another person: “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20). Do not deprive your youth of this friendship. You will be able to feel him at your side not only when you pray, but at every moment. Try to look for him, and you will have the beautiful experience of seeing that he is always at your side. That is what the disciples of Emmaus experienced when, as they walked along dejectedly, Jesus “drew near and walked with them” (Lk 24:15). In the words of a saint, “Christianity is not a collection of truths to be believed, rules to be followed, or prohibitions. Seen that way, it puts us off. Christianity is a person who loved me immensely, who demands and claims my love. Christianity is Christ”. [Saint Oscar Romero, Homily (6 November 1977), in Su Pensamiento, I-II, San Salvador, 2000, p. 312]
This is the right emphasis. While it is true that Christianity has a collection of truths, rules, and prohibition. But so do other religions. And secular systems and societies. Workplaces, schools, and other human associations depend on good order because of written and unwritten laws and guidelines. The Christian difference is the opportunity for friendship with Jesus, which is a constant in our lives. It is constant through both joys and difficulties. Remember to read the full Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.
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