This article reminded me of why I have spent my life teaching young people. Record numbers of kids and young adults are heading overseas to Madrid for World Youth Day at the end of this month! Currently, an astounding 29, 437 young pilgrims from the U.S.A. have made their reservations to attend. World Youth Day was started by Blessed John Paul II back in 1985. Pope John Paul II knew just how important our youth are to the future of our Church. He related to these young people (and old people too, for that matter) so very well. He created this special event in order to meet with young people from all over the world, to pray with them and to form a connection.
Everyday, I have the privilege of working with young people. Many of them are undeniably faith-filled and are such an inspiration! There is a lot of evil and tragedy in this world in which we find ourselves these days. “Take courage … Don’t be afraid,” said the Lord. (Matthew 14:27) Here in our own community, there is a resurgence of young adults, committed to fully living their Catholic Faith. Their example is a living testament to Life, to Faith and to Truth. These wonderful young people give me great hope for the future!
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.