In his thanksgiving address for the World Youth Day volunteers, Pope Francis said the most beautiful words I’ve ever heard from a pope:
Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion; in a culture of relativism and the ephemeral, many preach the importance of ‘enjoying’ the moment. They say that it is not worth making a life-long commitment, making a definitive decision, ‘forever’, because we do not know what tomorrow will bring.
… I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that you are incapable of responsibilty, that you are incapable of true love. I have confidence in you and I pray for you. Have the courage to swim against the tide. Have the courage to be happy.
I am not of Catholic faith, but the hope and the sincerity this man has for the youth today is absolutely moving.
I cannot wait to be brave again.