make yourselves heard

Jul 27, 2013

Every Sunday in Rome Pope Francis greets those who gather in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. He offers a few words of encouragement, On Thursday in Rio the pope met with young people who were gathered. A few quotations from his brief address: (full text and video news link below)

Let me tell you what I hope will be the outcome of World Youth Day: I hope there will be noise.  Here there will be noise, I’m quite sure.  Here in Rio there will be plenty of noise, no doubt about that.  But I want you to make yourselves heard in your dioceses, I want the noise to go out, I want the Church to go out onto the streets, I want us to resist everything worldly, everything static, everything comfortable, everything to do with clericalism, everything that might make us closed in on ourselves.  The parishes, the schools, the institutions are made for going out … if they don’t, they become an NGO (non governmental organization), and the Church cannot be an NGO.  May the bishops and priests forgive me if some of you create a bit of confusion afterwards.  That’s my advice.  Thanks for whatever you can do. 
Look, at this moment, I think our world civilization has gone beyond its limits, it has gone beyond its limits because it has made money into such a god that we are now faced with a philosophy and a practice which exclude the two ends of life that are most full of promise for peoples.  They exclude the elderly, obviously.  You could easily think there is a kind of hidden euthanasia, that is, we don’t take care of the elderly; but there is also a cultural euthanasia, because we don’t allow them to speak, we don’t allow them to act.  
And there is the exclusion of the young.  The percentage of our young people without work, without employment, is very high and we have  a generation with no experience of the dignity gained through work.  This civilization, in other words, has led us to exclude the two peaks that make up our future.  As for the young, they must emerge, they must assert themselves, the young must go out to fight for values, to fight for these values; and the elderly must open their mouths, the elderly must open their mouths and teach us!  Pass on to us the wisdom of the peoples! 
Among the Argentine people, I ask the elderly, from my heart: do not cease to be the cultural storehouse of our people, a storehouse that hands on justice, hands on history, hands on values, hands on the memory of the people.  And the rest of you, please, do not oppose the elderly: let them speak, listen to them and go forward.  But know this, know that at this moment, you young people and you elderly people are condemned to the same destiny: exclusion.  Don’t allow yourselves to be excluded.  It’s obvious!  That’s why I think you must work. 
Faith in Jesus Christ is not a joke, it is something very serious.  It is a scandal that God came to be one of us.  It is a scandal that he died on a cross.  It is a scandal: the scandal of the Cross.  The Cross continues to provoke scandal.  But it is the one sure path, the path of the Cross, the path of Jesus, the path of the Incarnation of Jesus.  Please do not water down your faith in Jesus Christ.  We dilute fruit drinks – orange, apple, or banana juice, but please do not drink a diluted form of faith.  Faith is whole and entire, not something that you water down.  It is faith in Jesus.  It is faith in the Son of God made man, who loved me and who died for me.  
So then: make yourselves heard… 


http://www.romereports.com/palio/pope-to-youth-the-bond-with-grandparents-the-elderly-is-a-gift-treasure-it-english-10659.html#.UfNnD2QpYdI 

full text of pope’s address


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