In Chapter Six, Pope Francis delves into the theme, Young people with roots. We’ve reached the end of this theme. His Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation is on this link at the Vatican site.
200. Roots are not anchors chaining us to past times and preventing us from facing the present and creating something new. Instead, they are a fixed point from which we can grow and meet new challenges.
Roots help us to orient to home, or to new directions, as the situation requires.
No looking back, however:
It does us no good “to sit down and long for times past; we must meet our culture with realism and love and fill it with the Gospel. We are sent today to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to a new age. We need to love this time with all its opportunities and risks, its joys and sorrows, its riches and its limits, its successes and failures”.[Eduardo Pironio, Message to Young Argentinians at the National Youth Meeting at Cordoba, (12-15 September 1985), 2]
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201. During the Synod, one of the young auditors from the Samoan Islands spoke of the Church as a canoe, in which the elderly help to keep on course by judging the position of the stars, while the young keep rowing, imagining what waits for them ahead. Let us steer clear of young people who think that adults represent a meaningless past, and those adults who always think they know how young people should act. Instead, let us all climb aboard the same canoe and together seek a better world, with the constantly renewed momentum of the Holy Spirit.
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