During the Vigil of the World Youth Days WYD in Panama, pope François intervened on Saturday, January 26th after listening  the testimonies of several young people.

« What Jesus gives us is an invitation to be part of a love story interwoven with our personal stories; it is alive and wants to be born in our midst so that we can bear fruit just as we are, wherever we are and with everyone all around us.  The Lord comes there to sow and to be sown.  He is the first to say “yes” to our lives, he always precedes us.  He’s the first to say yes to our history, and he wants us to say “yes” along with him. (…)

The Lord’s love is greater than all our problems, frailties and flaws.  Yet it is precisely through our problems, frailties and flaws that he wants to write this love story.  He embraced the prodigal son, he embraced Peter after the denials and he always, always, always embraces us whenever we fall: he helps us to get up and get back on our feet.  Because the worst fall, and pay attention to this, the worst fall, that can ruin our lives, is to remain down and not allow ourselves to be helped up. (…)

We know well that to feel acknowledged or loved it is not enough to be connected all day long.  To feel respected and asked to get involved is greater than simply being “on-line”.  It means finding spaces where, with your hands, your heart and your head, you can feel part of a larger community that needs you and that you yourselves, young people, need. (…)

To be an “influencer” in the twenty-first century is to be guardians of roots, guardians of all that prevents our life from dissipating and evaporating into nothingness.  You, older people, be guardians of everything that can make us feel part of one another.  Guardians of all that which makes us feel that we belong.”