Rome (AsiaNews) - "Confronting
daily vanities, the poison of the void that creeps into our society based on profit
and possession, that deceives young people with consumerism." This
is the challenge facing the young people who filled the World Day of Rio de
Janeiro with enthusiasm, for whom Pope Francis asks us to pray, so that the WYD
is not "a flash in the pan" and "so they can translate this
experience into their daily
journey, into their every day conduct, and also translate into major life
choices, responding to the Lord's personal call".
An Angelus the Pope dedicated to that
"Sunday" in the city of Rio. There
were maybe 30 thousand people in the square, "I thank you for your presence,
despite the heat," the Pope tells them adding, "but there are so many
young people in the square, it seems like Rio de Janeiro"
Sunday - says Francis- I was in Rio de Janeiro. It was the concluding Mass and
the end of the World Youth Day. Together I think we all thank God for the great
gift that was this event was, for Brazil, for Latin America and the entire
world. It was a new stage in the pilgrimage of young people across continents
with the Cross of Christ. We must never forget that the World Youth Days are
not 'a flash in the pan', moments of enthusiasm, an ends
within themselves, they are stages of a long journey, which began in 1985, on
the initiative of Pope John Paul II. Trusting young people the Cross he said:
Go, and I will come with you! And so it was, and this pilgrimage of
young people has continued with Pope Benedict, and I thank God I was able to
experience this wonderful event in Brazil. Always remember: young people do not
follow the Pope, they follow Jesus Christ carrying His cross. And the Pope will
guide them accompanying
them on this journey of faith and hope. "
"I thank so
all the young people who participated, even at the cost of sacrifices. And I
thank the Lord for the other meetings I had with the pastors and the people of
that great country that is Brazil, as well as authorities and volunteers. Brazilians
are great people, good people. May the Lord reward all those who have worked
for this great celebration of faith. I would like to ask you to pray with me
for this intention: that young people who participated in the World Youth Day
can translate this experience into their daily
journey, into their every day conduct, and they can also translate into major
life choices, responding to the Lord's personal call. "
the liturgy resoundswith the word provocative of Qoheleth:" Vanity of vanities ... all is vanity "(1:2). Young people are
particularly sensitive to the void of meaning and values that often surrounds
them. And unfortunately they are paying the consequences.
Instead, an encounter with the living Jesus, in His great family which is the
Church, fills their heart with joy, because it fills them with real life, a
deep well that does not run dry and does not rot: we have seen this on the
faces of the
young people in Rio. But this experience has to confront daily vanities, the
poison of void that creeps into our society based on profit and possession that
deceives young people with consumerism. The Gospel this Sunday reminds us of
the absurdity of basing our happiness on possession. The rich man says to
himself: My soul, you have stored up many goods ... rest, eat, drink, be merry!"' But God said to
him, 'You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?' (cf. Lk 12.19 to 20.) True wealth is love of God, shared with others. Who
experiences this does not fear death, and receives peace of heart. I entrust
this intention to the intercession of the Virgin Mary. "
After the Marian
prayer, the Pope Francis had "a special memory for the priests and for all
the priests of the world, because today is the feast of their patron saint: St.
John Mary Vianney. Dear brothers, may we be united in prayer and pastoral
charity". "I would also like - he concluded - to remember the
liturgical feast of the Transfiguration, wich will be tomorrow, with a thought
of deep gratitude to the Venerable Pope Paul VI, who departed from this world
on the evening of 6 August, 35 years ago."