06 33rd World Youth Day 2018 - Pope Francis

posted Mar 22, 2018, 7:17 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 22, 2018, 7:18 AM ]
World Youth Day 2018 (Palm Sunday – March 25) represents another step in preparation for the international WYD due to take place in Panama in January 2019. We have chosen to be accompanied on this journey by the example and intercession of Mary, the young woman of Nazareth whom God chose as the Mother of His Son. She walks with us towards the Synod and towards the WYD in Panama.

Mary(like others in the Sacred Scriptures) trembles before the mystery of God's call, who in a moment places before her the immensity of His own plan, and makes her feel all her smallness as a humble creature. The angel, seeing the depths of her heart, says: "Do not be afraid!"

God also reads our inmost heart. He knows well the challenges we must confront in life, especially when we are faced with the fundamental choices on which depend who we will be and what we will do in this world. It is the 'shudder' that we feel when faced with decisions about our future, our state of life and our vocation, that trouble us and seize us with so many fears.

And young people, what are your fears? What worries you most deeply? An "underlying" fear that many of you have is of not being loved, well-liked or accepted for who you are. Today, many young people feel the need to be different from who they really are, in an attempt to adapt to an often artificial and unattainable standard. They continuously "photoshop" their images, hiding behind masks and false identities, becoming fake selves.