”...if eternity is our horizon as people starving for truth and thirsting for happiness, history is the setting of our daily commitment. Faith teaches us that man’s destiny is written in the heart and mind of God, who directs the course of history. It also teaches us that the Father puts in our hands the task of beginning to build here on earth the ‘kingdom of heaven’ which the Son came to announce and which will find its fulfillment at the end of time.
It is our duty then to live in history, side by side with our peers, sharing their worries and hopes, because the Christian is and must be fully a man of his time. He cannot escape into another dimension, ignoring the tragedies of his era, closing his eyes and heart to the anguish that pervades life. On the contrary, it is he who, although not ‘of’ this world, is immersed ‘in’ this world every day, ready to hasten to wherever there is a brother in need of help, a tear to be dried, a request for help to be answered. On this will we be judged!
Remembering the Master’s warning:‘I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me’ (Mt 25:35-36), we must put the ‘new commandment’ into practice (Jn 13:34). Thus we will oppose what today seems to be the ‘disintegration of civilization,’ in order vigorously to reaffirm the ‘civilization of love’ which alone can open to the men of our time horizons of true peace and lasting justice in lawfulness and solidarity.
- Pope John Paul II, Message for World Youth Day, 1996
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