Dear Young Friends, We continue our spiritual
pilgrimage toward Krakow, July 2016 International World
Youth Day.
Our guide...
This year, we reflect on the 6th beatitude:
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for
they shall see God" (Mt 5:8).
The Sermon on...
1. The desire for happiness
God has placed in the heart of every man and woman an
irrepressible desire for happiness, for ...
The first chapters of Genesis show us the
happiness that we are called to:
perfect communion with God, with others,
with na...
God’s plan from the beginning:
That we approach God freely, to see Him and to be close to
Him, His divine light illumining...
In the state of original purity,
there was no need to put on masks, to engage in ploys or to
attempt to conceal ourselves ...
When sin entered into human history,
we were no longer capable of closeness to God. The
attractions of power, wealth, poss...
"What can bring us happiness? Let
the light of your face shine on us, O
Lord" (Ps 4:7).
The Father responded to this plea ...
Dear young men and women, in Christ your every
desire for happiness is fulfilled.
He alone can satisfy your deepest longing...
Shed the masks of a false life!
Do something great with your lives!
World Youth Day, Madrid
2011 photo by Peter17
2. Blessed are the pure in heart…
God does not look to appearances, but to the heart (cf. 1
Sam16:7). It is from the heart...
The heart is...
really the human being in his or her totality as a unity of body
and soul, in his or her ability to love a...
How is “pure” defined?
The Greek word used by the evangelist Matthew
is katharos, which basically means clean, pure, undefil...
So what is the “happiness born of a
pure heart”?
From Jesus’ list of the evils which make someone impure (evil
thoughts, f...
Each one of us must learn to discern
for ourselves what can "defile" our
heart and to form our conscience rightly and sensi...
So...
have a healthy concern for creation, for the purity of our air,
water and food, but more than that, protect the puri...
"Where is your treasure? In what
does your heart find its rest?"
Our hearts can be attached to true or false treasures; the...
The greatest good we can have in life
is our relationship with God.
Are you convinced of this?
Do you realize how much you are worth
in the eyes of God?
Do you know that you are loved and
welcomed by Him unconditional...
Do you remember the conversation that Jesus had with the
rich young man (cf. Mk 10:17-22)? The evangelist Mark
observes th...
Youth is a time of life when your desire for a love which is
genuine, beautiful and expansive begins to blossom in your
he...
I urge you: Do not be afraid of true
love, the love that Jesus teaches us and
which Saint Paul describes as "patient
and k...
Paul says: "Love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or
rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not ir...
Dear young friends,
Rediscover the beauty of the human vocation to love! Rebel
against reducing love to something banal, t...
Have the courage to ‘swim against
the tide’. And also have the courage
to be happy."
Be revolutionaries! Rebel against thi...
Allow yourselves to discover the rich teachings of the
Church on love. Discover that Christianity does not consist of
a se...
3. …for they shall see God
In the heart of each man and woman, the Lord’s invitation
constantly resounds: "Seek my face!" ...
"Who can climb the mountain of the Lord? Who shall stand in
his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure
heart" ...
do this unfailingly each day" (cf. Evangelii
Gaudium, 3)
The Lord’s invitation to encounter him is made to each of you,
in...
It is enough to take a small step
towards Jesus...
to realize that He awaits us always with open arms,
particularly in the...
My question to you is this: "Are you
praying?"
Do you know that you can speak with Jesus, with the Father,
with the Holy S...
You will discover what one of his parishioners told the Curé of
Ars: "When I pray before the tabernacle, ‘I look at him,
a...
I invite you to encounter the Lord
by frequently reading sacred Scripture.
If you are not already in the habit of doing so...
You will discover that God can be "seen"
also in the face of your brothers and sisters,
especially those who are most forg...
Dear young people, in order to enter into the logic of the
Kingdom of Heaven, we must recognize that we are poor with
the ...
Encountering God in prayer, the reading of the Bible and in the
fraternal life will help you better to know the Lord and
y...
Some of you feel, or will soon feel, the Lord’s call to married
life, to forming a family. I also ask you to consider whet...
4. On the way to Krakow
This year’s World Youth Day begins the final stage of
preparations for the great gathering of young...
May the saintly Pope
John Paul II, the Patron
of World Youth Day,
intercede on behalf of
our pilgrimage toward
his beloved...
Have the courage to be happy!
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see
God" (Mt 5:8). Dear young men and women, ...
Pope Francis
full text at zenit.org
photo: Alfredo Borba
Pope Francis' Message for 30th World Youth Day
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Pope Francis' Message for 30th World Youth Day

«Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God» (Mt 5: 8). A presentation based on the Holy Father's message for 2015 World Youth Day, which was held on Palm Sunday at the diocesan level.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Published in: Spiritual      
Source: www.slideshare.net


Transcripts - Pope Francis' Message for 30th World Youth Day

  • 1. Dear Young Friends, We continue our spiritual pilgrimage toward Krakow, July 2016 International World Youth Day. Our guide for the journey is the Beatitudes.
  • 2. This year, we reflect on the 6th beatitude: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Mt 5:8). The Sermon on the Mount, by Carl Heinrich Bloch
  • 3. 1. The desire for happiness God has placed in the heart of every man and woman an irrepressible desire for happiness, for fulfillment. Have you not noticed that your hearts are restless, always searching for a treasure which can satisfy your thirst for the infinite? Adam and Eve Before the Fall, by Daderot
  • 4. The first chapters of Genesis show us the happiness that we are called to: perfect communion with God, with others, with nature, and with ourselves. The Garden of Eden, Attributed to Jan Breughel the Younger
  • 5. God’s plan from the beginning: That we approach God freely, to see Him and to be close to Him, His divine light illumining every human relationship with truth and transparency.
  • 6. In the state of original purity, there was no need to put on masks, to engage in ploys or to attempt to conceal ourselves from one another. Everything was clear and pure.
  • 7. When sin entered into human history, we were no longer capable of closeness to God. The attractions of power, wealth, possessions, and a desire for pleasure at all costs, led us to sorrow and anguish.
  • 8. "What can bring us happiness? Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord" (Ps 4:7). The Father responded to this plea by sending his Son. In Jesus, God has taken on a human face. Jesus frees us from sin and opens new and unimaginable horizons.
  • 9. Dear young men and women, in Christ your every desire for happiness is fulfilled. He alone can satisfy your deepest longings, which are so often clouded by deceptive worldly promises. photo: presidencia.gov.ar
  • 10. Shed the masks of a false life! Do something great with your lives! World Youth Day, Madrid 2011 photo by Peter17
  • 11. 2. Blessed are the pure in heart… God does not look to appearances, but to the heart (cf. 1 Sam16:7). It is from the heart that we see God.
  • 12. The heart is... really the human being in his or her totality as a unity of body and soul, in his or her ability to love and to be loved.
  • 13. How is “pure” defined? The Greek word used by the evangelist Matthew is katharos, which basically means clean, pure, undefiled.
  • 14. So what is the “happiness born of a pure heart”? From Jesus’ list of the evils which make someone impure (evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness), we see that the question has to do above all with the area of our relationships.
  • 15. Each one of us must learn to discern for ourselves what can "defile" our heart and to form our conscience rightly and sensibly, so we can discern “the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom 12:2).
  • 16. So... have a healthy concern for creation, for the purity of our air, water and food, but more than that, protect the purity of your heart and your relationships! Breathe the pure air that comes from beauty, from true love, and from holiness!
  • 17. "Where is your treasure? In what does your heart find its rest?" Our hearts can be attached to true or false treasures; they can find genuine rest or they can simply slumber, becoming lazy.
  • 18. The greatest good we can have in life is our relationship with God. Are you convinced of this?
  • 19. Do you realize how much you are worth in the eyes of God? Do you know that you are loved and welcomed by Him unconditionally, as indeed you are?
  • 20. Do you remember the conversation that Jesus had with the rich young man (cf. Mk 10:17-22)? The evangelist Mark observes that the Lord looked upon him and loved him (v. 21), and invited him to follow him and thus to find true riches. I hope, dear young friends, that this loving gaze of Christ will accompany each of you throughout life.
  • 21. Youth is a time of life when your desire for a love which is genuine, beautiful and expansive begins to blossom in your hearts. Do not let this precious treasure be debased, destroyed or spoiled. That is what happens when we start to use our neighbors for our own selfish ends, as objects of pleasure. Hearts are broken and sadness follows upon these negative experiences.
  • 22. I urge you: Do not be afraid of true love, the love that Jesus teaches us and which Saint Paul describes as "patient and kind".
  • 23. Paul says: "Love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" (1 Cor 13:4-8).
  • 24. Dear young friends, Rediscover the beauty of the human vocation to love! Rebel against reducing love to something banal, to its sexual aspect alone, deprived of its essential beauty, communion, fidelity and responsibility.
  • 25. Have the courage to ‘swim against the tide’. And also have the courage to be happy." Be revolutionaries! Rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes you are incapable of responsibility. I have confidence in you and I pray for you.
  • 26. Allow yourselves to discover the rich teachings of the Church on love. Discover that Christianity does not consist of a series of prohibitions which stifle our desire for happiness, but rather a project for life capable of captivating our hearts.
  • 27. 3. …for they shall see God In the heart of each man and woman, the Lord’s invitation constantly resounds: "Seek my face!" (Ps 27:8). At the same time, we must always realize that we are poor sinners.
  • 28. "Who can climb the mountain of the Lord? Who shall stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart" (Ps 24:3-4). But we must never be afraid or discouraged: throughout the Bible and in the history of each one of us we see that it is always God who takes the first step. He purifies us so that we can come into His presence.
  • 29. do this unfailingly each day" (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 3) The Lord’s invitation to encounter him is made to each of you, in whatever place or situation you find yourself. It suffices to have the desire for "a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter you; I ask all of you to
  • 30. It is enough to take a small step towards Jesus... to realize that He awaits us always with open arms, particularly in the sacrament of Reconciliation, a privileged opportunity to encounter that divine mercy which purifies us and renews our hearts.
  • 31. My question to you is this: "Are you praying?" Do you know that you can speak with Jesus, with the Father, with the Holy Spirit, as you speak to a friend? And not just any friend, but the greatest and most trusted of your friends!
  • 32. You will discover what one of his parishioners told the Curé of Ars: "When I pray before the tabernacle, ‘I look at him, and he looks at me’" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2715).
  • 33. I invite you to encounter the Lord by frequently reading sacred Scripture. If you are not already in the habit of doing so, begin with the Gospels. Read a line or two each day. Let God’s word speak to your heart and enlighten your path (cf.Ps 119:105).
  • 34. You will discover that God can be "seen" also in the face of your brothers and sisters, especially those who are most forgotten: the poor, the hungry, those who thirst, strangers, the sick, those imprisoned (cf. Mt 25:31-46). Have you ever had this experience?
  • 35. Dear young people, in order to enter into the logic of the Kingdom of Heaven, we must recognize that we are poor with the poor. A pure heart is necessarily one which has been stripped bare, a heart that knows how to bend down and share its life with those most in need.
  • 36. Encountering God in prayer, the reading of the Bible and in the fraternal life will help you better to know the Lord and yourselves. Like the disciples on the way to Emmaus (cf. Lk 24:13-35), the Lord’s voice will make your hearts burn within you. He will open your eyes to recognize his presence and to discover the loving plan he has for your life.
  • 37. Some of you feel, or will soon feel, the Lord’s call to married life, to forming a family. I also ask you to consider whether you are being called to the consecrated life or the priesthood. How beautiful it is to see young people who embrace the call to dedicate themselves fully to Christ and to the service of his Church! Challenge yourselves, and with a pure heart do not be afraid of what God is asking of you! Source: krakow2016.com
  • 38. 4. On the way to Krakow This year’s World Youth Day begins the final stage of preparations for the great gathering of young people from around the world in Krakow in 2016.
  • 39. May the saintly Pope John Paul II, the Patron of World Youth Day, intercede on behalf of our pilgrimage toward his beloved Krakow. And may the maternal gaze of the Blessed Virgin Mary, full of grace, all-beautiful and all-pure, accompany us at every step along the way.
  • 40. Have the courage to be happy! "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Mt 5:8). Dear young men and women, as you see, this beatitude speaks directly to your lives and is a guarantee of your happiness. So once more I urge you:
  • 41. Pope Francis full text at zenit.org photo: Alfredo Borba

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