ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO THE PRIESTS ENGAGED IN YOUTH PASTORAL MINISTRY
OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BARCELONA, SPAIN
Saturday, 28 January 2023
Dear brothers, thank you for your words. It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you here today, in this atmosphere of joy and celebration in which the clergy, around their pastor, come to the house of Peter to reaffirm their communion and revive their apostolic spirit.
The apostles' experience always has a dual aspect, personal and communal. They go together and we cannot separate them. We are indeed called individually, but always to be part of a larger group, to walk together, listening before speaking, to know how to place ourselves where it is appropriate, even in the middle or behind, not just in front.
Jesus calls to us to start out from our poverty, from our frailty. We must respond to this calling with an everlasting commitment to conversion. Let us reject careerism, the double life, and the search for worldly satisfaction, by embracing the cross and the mediations of the Church: sacraments, prayer life, asceticism, and so on. At the same time, we must be capable of mercy precisely because we are touched by the Lord’s mercy, not by giving lessons, but by bearing witness to an experience of intimacy with God.
We must seek brotherliness in all spheres of society, learn and teach to welcome all, to work with everyone, to look for solutions for consensus with a broad scope. We must never become entrenched, neither in the Christian group to which we belong, nor in the responsibility that has been entrusted to us, but live with a free spirit, in a healthy indifference.
May the Lord bless you and the Virgin Mary keep you, and do not forget to pray for me.
Holy See Press Office Bulletin, 28 January 2023
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