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Clothe yourselves with love... (Colossians 3:14)
"God is love; every person is loved by God, who expects to be welcomed and loved by each one." --Pope John Paul II, World Youth Day XII
God expects you to welcome and love him! Why? Because God is love and God loves you! Love is God's gift to us. It is because of his love that we are capable of loving others and being loved by others.
What is one thing you can do this week to show that you love God? Maybe you can help out around the house in a special way? Maybe you can talk to someone at school who doesn't have a lot of friends? Maybe you can tell your mom or dad that you love them and thank them for their love?
Dear God, help me to love you. Thank you for loving me first so that I can love others.
As a young man, Pope John Paul II enjoyed athletics, philosophy, poetry, and drama.
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.