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Keep up your courage! (Acts 23:11)
"As disciples and friends of Jesus, become agents of dialogue and collaboration with those who believe in God who rules the universe with infinite love." --Pope John Paul II, World Youth Day XII
What's the Holy Father asking us to do exactly? He's asking you to talk about your faith in God and to work together with others who believe in God. Why? So that God's love can reach all people. There is no limit to the good things that can come from sharing God's love with our friends and with our community. He is asking you to be a friend of Jesus in both what you say and how you live your life.
In your group of friends, who do you know that also believes in God? Today, get the courage to talk to that friend about God. Ask what he or she believes about God and why believing in God is important to him or her.
God, grant me the courage to talk about you with my friends. I know that good things will come from this conversation. Thank you.
Pope John Paul II was voted Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" in 1994 because of his determination to promote moral values throughout the world.
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.