Living chastely is truly revolutionary

The Pope answered a question about the value of chaste love, posed by Peter Lešak, a 37-year-old company manager who is married with three daughters.

Sep 18, 2021

Vatican Media.

KOSICE, Slovakia:
The Pope answered a question about the value of chaste love, posed by Peter Lešak, a 37-year-old company manager who is married with three daughters.

Pope Francis urged Slovakia to follow the Beatitudes to build a just society.

Francis said: “Love is our greatest dream in life, but it does not come cheap. Like all great things in life, love is beautiful, but not easy.”

While love may begin with an emotion, he noted, it should not be reduced to a mere feeling.

“Love is not about having everything now; it is not part of today’s throwaway culture. Love is fidelity, gift, and responsibility,” he commented.

“Today, being truly original and revolutionary means rebelling against the culture of the ephemeral, going beyond instinct, beyond the instant, and loving with every fibre of your being, for the rest of your life.” He urged his listeners not “just to make do, but to make something of our lives,” striving for both love and heroism, like Jesus when he gave his life on the Cross.

He encouraged youngsters to “dream fearlessly” of creating a family and having children.

He urged them not to be ashamed of their frailties, “for there is someone out there ready to accept and love them, someone who will love you just as you are.”

He said that, for love to be fruitful, it was essential that young people remembered their roots, honouring their parents and, especially, their grandparents.

“Cultivate your roots, visit your grandparents; it will do you good. Ask them questions, take time to listen to their stories,” he suggested.

“Today, there is a danger of growing up rootless, because we feel we always have to be on the go, to do everything in a hurry. What we see on the Internet immediately enters our homes; just one click and people and things pop up on our screen. Those faces can end up becoming more familiar than those of our own families. Bombarded by virtual messages, we risk losing our real roots.”

“To grow disconnected from life, or to fantasise in a void, is not a good thing; it is a temptation from the evil one. God wants us to be firmly grounded, connected to life. Never closed, but always open to all.”

Finally, the Pope answered a question about how young people can be encouraged to embrace the crosses in their lives. The question was asked by Peter Liška, 33, and his wife, Lenka, 35, who have three children.

In his testimony, Liška described his troubled youth and a five-year illness as an adult that only lifted after the family received a relic of Blessed Anna Kolesárová.

The Pope said: “When we are embraced, we regain confidence in ourselves and also in life. So let us allow ourselves to be embraced by Jesus. Because when we embrace Jesus, we embrace hope again.”

He added: “When we embrace Jesus, joy is reborn. And the joy of Jesus, in pain, is transformed into peace. More than anything, I want this joy for you. I want you to bring it to your friends. Not sermons, but joy. Bring joy. Not words, but smiles, fraternal closeness.”

He urged the young people to pray for him and then led the crowd in reciting the Our Father.CNA

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