Monica Gigi views the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, Christus Vivit, from a youth perpective

“Youth is more than simply a period of time; it is a state of mind,” perhaps, even a lifestyle!

Delving into Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation ‘Christus Vivit’ as a Jesus Youth was an incredibly affirming yet challenging experience. He reminds us that what keeps us young is our willingness to accept our weaknesses with humility, not ignore them. We receive our youthful strength when we constantly return to the source of our strength in “God’s word, the Eucharist, the daily presence of Christ and the power of the Spirit.”

The Synod emphasized the truth that young people don’t need to wait till they become adults for the Lord to work in them – something which we as Jesus Youth have been good at over the years. The Synod emphasizes the importance of our youthful years by asking the young people to see “this season of life as worthwhile in itself, and not simply as a brief prelude to adulthood.” The Pope encourages us to look at how our boldness, energy, and vision can change the world. He is asking us, young people, to step out of a spectator role, fully into the reality of the world to bear fruit today.

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