Pope to Catholic Action youth: Take on the style of Jesus
By Francesca Merlo
Addressing young people from Italian Catholic Action, Pope Francis greeted all those accompanying them on this meeting, describing each member as being "generously committed to your religious formation, dedicating their time and resources to the Association".
This is how Jesus sees you
Pope Francis went on to explain that this is precisely "how Jesus sees you". He "loves you just as you are, even if some do not consider you and may think you count for little". Jesus came into this world and even today "is close to the children of every country and people", every day, said the Pope. This is God's style, which the Pope said can be described in three words: "closeness, compassion and tenderness".
Stay close to others
Dear friends, continued the Pope, "in the face of Jesus who makes himself our neighbour, let us also learn to make ourselves "next"; next to others: to family members, friends, peers, those in need". The Pope noted that we can always to something for others without waiting for others to do something for us. In this same way, continued the Pope, "we can always be missionaries of the Gospel, and be so everywhere". In order to do this, Pope Francis noted that we have to "take on the style of Jesus". To be his witness we must be closr to him, and we must not fear to do so.
Jesus never forgets you
Brining his discourse to a close, Pope Francis said that Jesus never forgets about you. "He is always ready to encourage you and never stops believing in you", said the Pope. He always gives you courage and energy, and in particular smiles at you, "especially when you are able to be close to those who are alone, without friends, in difficulty". Jesus is counting on you.