Pope John Paul II Speaks to Youth

Week Seven

Seek to do good to one another... (1 Thessalonians 5:15)

"Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. The kingdom of heaven is for those who are determined to enter it." --Pope John Paul II, Santiago, Spain

Think About That

Maybe you've heard the phrase, "If you're going to start a job, then finish it." Well, that's basically what the Holy Father is saying. If you're going to love God, then love God completely. If you're going to be kind to someone, then don't just be a little bit kind. Be completely kind. If you are going to forgive someone, forgive completely, not just partially.

Take Action

This week be determined to say at least one kind thing to every person you meet. This is not easy. It requires determination. At the end of the week give yourself a score. How did you do?

Say A Prayer

Lord, help me be determined to enter the kingdom of heaven by living my life the way you want me to live it every day.

Did You Know?

Pope John Paul II was ordained a priest on November 1, 1946.

Taken from...
My Dear Young Friends: Pope John Paul II Speaks to Youth on Life, Love, and Courage
Copyright © 2002 -- Reprinted with permission of the editor, John M. Vitek.

My Dear Young Friends, a collection of fifty-two weekly reflections on living in the Spirit, invites young people to read and act on Pope John Paul II's inspiring addresses to young people gathered at annual World Youth Day celebrations. Please visit www.smp.org for more information from the publisher, Saint Mary's Press.

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