What is the biggest threat young people face? Mediocrity, Pope says

Catholic News Agency | 6/13/2018 | Staff
newusr01 (Posted by) Level 3
Click For Photo: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/images/Pope_Francis_walks_with_young_people_during_his_general_audience_June_13_2018_Credit_Marina_Testino_CNA.jpg

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2018 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Wednesday that the greatest danger modern youth face is not the array of problems that surround them, but rather, the temptation to mediocrity – preferring to stay immobile rather than making a leap toward the next step.

Pointing to the Gospel reading from Mark in which a rich young man kneels in front of Jesus and asks how to obtain eternal life, the pope said this question “is the challenge of every existence: the desire for a full, infinite life.”

People - Today - Life - Desires - People

Many young people today seek life, but end up destroying themselves by pursuing worldly desires, he said, noting that some people would say it is better “to turn this impulse off, the impulse to live, because it's dangerous.”

However, “I would like to say, especially to young people: our worst enemy is not concrete problems, no matter how serious or dramatic: the greatest danger is a bad spirit of adaption, which is not meekness or humility, but mediocrity, timidity.”

Person - Mediocre - Future - Francis - Remarks

A young person who is mediocre has no future, Francis said in off-the-cuff remarks, explaining that “they don't grow, they won't be successful” because they are “afraid of everything.”

“We need to ask the heavenly Father for the youth of today to receive the gift of a healthy restlessness, the ability not to be satisfied with a life without beauty, without color,” he said, adding that “if young people are not hungry for an authentic life, where will humanity end up?”

Pope - Francis - St - Peter - Square

Pope Francis spoke to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his weekly general audience, during which he began a new series of catechesis dedicated to the Ten Commandments.

The dialogue between Jesus and the rich young man in Chapter 10 of Mark's Gospel, the pope said in his address, is “a pedagogical process” in...
(Excerpt) Read more at: Catholic News Agency
Wake Up To Breaking News!
Aim and timing is evereything.
Sign In or Register to comment.

Welcome to Long Room!

Where The World Finds Its News!