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In Letter to Young People Upon Presentation of Preparatory Document for Synod18, Francis Reminds Them That God Invites Them to Go With Him.

You are in my heart… and certainly God’s ….

Pope Francis stressed this in a letter to young people on the occasion of the presentation of the preparatory document of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. It was released by the Vatican this morning.

Francis began expressing he is pleased to announce that in October 2018 a Synod of Bishops will take place to treat the topic: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” Francis said he wanted them to be the centre of attention, because they are in his heart.

The Holy Father reminded them that they are certainly in God’s heart and mind too.

“He looks at you and invites you to go with Him. Dear young people, have you noticed this look towards you? Have you heard this voice? Have you felt this urge to undertake this journey?”

His Hand Extended

The Holy Father recognized that, despite the noise and confusion seemingly prevalent in the world, this call may continue to resonate in the depths of young people’s hearts.

Francis reminded them how they can undertake a journey of discernment to discover God’s plan in their lives. “Even when the journey is uncertain and you fall, God, rich in mercy,” he said, “will extend his hand to pick you up.”

The Pontiff recalled that in the Polish city of Krakow, at the opening of the last World Youth Day this July,  he asked them several times: “Can we change things?” And they shouted: “yes!”.

That shout, the Pope underscored, “came from your young and youthful hearts, which do not tolerate injustice and cannot bow to a ‘throw-away culture’ nor give in to the globalization of indifference.”

“Listen to the cry arising from your inner selves!” the Pope urged. “Even when you feel, like the prophet Jeremiah, the inexperience of youth, God encourages you to go where He sends you: ‘Do not be afraid…'”

The efforts of young people, especially their desire to change and be generous, The Argentine Pontiff stressed, can construct a better world.

“Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who proposes bold choices; do not delay when your conscience asks you to take risks in following the Master.” The Church, he told them, also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism.

“Make your voice heard, let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls.”

Pope Francis concluded, saying “My brother bishops and I want even more to ‘work with you for your joy’ (2 Cor 1:24)” and entrusted them to Mary of Nazareth, “a young person” like themselves, that she takes their hand and guides them.