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Commit your work to the Lord ... (Proverbs 16:3)
"Remember: Christ is calling you; the Church needs you; the Pope believes in you and he expects great things of you!" --Pope John Paul II, St. Louis, Missouri
The Holy Father has great confidence in you, in your spirit and energy and talents. He believes that you can do great things right now. He believes that you can show the world that peace is possible. He believes that you can bring joy to others through kindness, mercy, charity, and forgiveness. Not only does he believe in you, he expects it of you!
This week you are going to do something great for others. What will it be? Choose one thing that you think the Pope would consider a "great thing" that you can actually do this week. Alright, now, when are you going to do it? How are you going to do it?
Lord, guide me in figuring out what "great thing" I can do this week. Give me the courage to not just think about it, but to do it!
In 1940, Pope John Paul II was able to evade deportation and imprisonment by the Nazis by working as a stone cutter in a quarry at Krakow.
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.