Oct 4, 2013 / 02:25 pm
Pope Francis concluded his one-day pilgrimage to Assisi with a visit to young people, encouraging them to reject a “provisional culture” that fears making definitive commitments.
“I want to tell you not to be afraid of taking definitive steps in life,” he said to the cheering crowds of youth on Oct. 4. “Jesus didn’t save us provisionally, he saved us definitively!”
The Pope spoke of how both the married and consecrated life are vocations from God.
“Two Christians who marry have recognized in their story of love the call of the Lord,” he said. “The sacrament of matrimony envelops this (human) love in the grace of God, rooting it in God himself.”
God also offers a different call “to celibacy and to virginity for the kingdom of heaven” which is “complementary” to marriage, he continued.
Each vocation, however, comes with the risk of making a commitment, which so many are afraid to do today.
Pope Francis recounted the story of one very good seminarian who told him, “I want to be a priest, but only for ten years.” He also noted how many mothers approach him and say, “I have a son who is 30, and he isn’t married: I don’t know what to do!”
“I tell them: stop doing his ironing!” quipped the Pope with a laugh.
He grew more serious, however, as he spoke of the “selfishness” that is so pervasive in our “provisional culture” which causes people to leave a marriage when they no longer “feel love.”
Surety in any vocation comes from a relationship with the Lord in which one prays daily, “listening to him in silence in front of the tabernacle and in our own souls, speaking to him, approaching the sacraments.” …
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