BENEDICT XVI: VIGIL WITH YOUTH, "LIFE IS MUCH MORE THAN SUCCESS"

"Let us invoke the Holy Spirit – the Pope urged his young audience at Randwick –: he is the artisan of God’s works. Let his gifts shape you! Just as the Church travels the same journey with all humanity, so too you are called to exercise the Spirit’s gifts amidst the ups and downs of your daily life. Let your faith mature through your studies, work, sport, music and art. Let it be sustained by prayer and nurtured by the sacraments, and thus be a source of inspiration and help to those around you. In the end – Benedict XVI explained – life is not about accumulation. It is much more than success. To be truly alive is to be transformed from within, open to the energy of God’s love. In accepting the power of the Holy Spirit you too can transform your families, communities and nations". The Holy Father therefore exhorted the young: "Let wisdom, courage, awe and reverence be the marks of greatness!". At the end of his reflection on the power of the Holy Spirit, the Pope quoted "the words spoken by Blessed Mary MacKillop when she was just twenty-six years old: "Believe in him! Believe in the power of the Spirit of Love!".

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