• January 29, 2015

The most impor­tant lesson to learn in life

Heart’s Home team and friends, among the 6 million welcoming Pope Francis in Manila

His Holiness Pope Francis’s address to the Youth in Manila on January 18, brings to light our charism and encour­ages us to con­tinue living it out. Here are some excerpts.

"The great ques­tion for every­body is: “Why do chil­dren suffer?”. Why do chil­dren suffer? Only when our hearts can ask this ques­tion and weep, can we begin to under­stand. There is a worldly com­pas­sion which is com­pletely use­less. You said some­thing about this. A com­pas­sion which, at most, makes us reach into our pocket and take out a coin. If Christ had that kind of com­pas­sion, he would have passed by, cured three or four people, and then returned to the Father. Only when Christ wept, and he was capable of weeping, did he under­stand our trou­bles. Dear young men and women, our world today needs weeping. The marginal­ized weep, those who are neglected weep, the scorned weep, but those of us who have rel­a­tively com­fort­able life, we don’t know how to weep. Certain real­i­ties of life are seen only with eyes that are cleansed by tears.

What is the most impor­tant lesson that you have to learn in life? It is learning how to love. This is the chal­lenge which life sets before you today. Learning how to love.
True love is both loving and let­ting one­self be loved. It is harder to let our­selves be loved than it is to love. That is why it is so hard to achieve the per­fect love of God, because we can love him but the impor­tant thing is to let our­selves be loved by him. True love is being open to that love which was there first and catches us by sur­prise.

The Gospel says that Jesus looked at that young man and loved him. Jesus says: “Only one thing is lacking”.

Only one thing is lacking. Become a beggar. That’s what is lacking; learning to beg from those to whom we give. This is not easy to under­stand. Learning to beg. Learning to receive from the humility of the people we help. Learning to be evan­ge­lized by the poor. The per­sons we help, the poor, the sick, orphans, have much to give us.

This is what can help all those people who are com­mitted to trying to give to others: it is learning to stretch out our own hands from our poverty.

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