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APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

GREETINGS OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II
TO THE STUDENTS OF THE MINOR SEMINARY

Chicago
Friday, 5 October 1979

 

Dear seminarians,

I extend a special greeting to all of you who are present here today. I want you to know that you have a special place in my thoughts and prayers.

Dear sons in Christ: be strong in your faith—faith in Christ, and in his Church, faith in all that the Father has revealed and accomplished through his Soп and in the Holy Spirit.

During your years in the minor seminary, you have the privilege of studying and deepening your understanding of the faith. Since baptism you have lived the faith, aided by your parents, your brothers and sisters, and the whole Christian community. And yet today I call upon you to live by faith even more profoundly. For it is faith in God which makes the essential difference in your lives and in the life of every priest.

Be faithful to your daily prayers; they will keep your faith alive and vibrant.

Study the faith diligently so that your knowledge and love of Christ will continually increase.

And nourish your faith each day at Mass, for in the Eucharist we have the source and greatest expression of our faith.

God bless you.

 

Copyright 1979 - Libreria Editrice Vaticana

 

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