Pope John Paul II Speaks to Youth

Week Forty-One

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle... (Matthew 19:24)

"The human person, created in the image and likeness of God, cannot become a slave to things, to economic systems, to technological civilization, to consumerism, to easy success." --Pope John Paul II, Poznan, Poland

Think About That

Because we are created in the image and likeness of God our whole life is meant to be about loving our neighbors and loving God. When we get caught up in all the stuff of life, like money, like video or computer games, like buying cool clothes, like finding the easy way out, all these things distract us from what really matters--caring for and about others.

Take Action

How much time in a given week do you spend on each of the following activities?

  • Earning money
  • Buying things
  • Playing or chatting on the computer
  • Playing video games
  • Finding ways to make your life easier
  • Praying
  • Doing good deeds for others

    How do you spend most of your time? How do you want to spend most of your time? What does God ask of you? This week find some answers to these questions.

    Say A Prayer

    Lord, help me to spend my time on the things that matter in life rather than on all the distractions available to me.

    Did You Know?

    Did you know the Pope's father was also named Karol Wojtyla, born on July 18, 1879?

    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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