Dear Sons and Daughters, Members of Youth for the Third
Millennium and Missionary Families for the Third Millennium of Regnum
As you gather together having concluded a wonderful mission within
the outskirts of the great cities and amongst the indigenous
mountain villages of our dearly beloved Mexico, I cordially greet
you in the peace of God our Father and of
Christ Jesus, our Lord (1 Tm 1: 2).
With your efforts
you have chosen to bring the Gospel to every man
and woman, announcing salvation through the joyful spreading of the
Word, the happiness of brotherly solidarity common to Jesus’ disciples
and the enthusiastic testimony of your faith. You have wished
to imitate our Lord, visiting cities and towns, teaching, proclaiming
the Good News of the Kingdom, bringing hope and consolation
to those who are weak (cf. Mat 9: 35).
lands have been blessed with a rich and profound Christian
tradition and hold great promise, especially for you, my dear
young people, who will have to continue spreading, strengthening and
bravely defending your faith amidst the dark threats that would
like to place your faith and gospel values in peril.
This was the invitation that I made to you in
my first visit to Mexico in 1979 and I would
like to repeat it to you anew: My dear young
people, dedicate yourselves in a profoundly human and Christian manner
to things that merit effort, detachment and generosity! The Church
has great hope in you and trusts in you! (Discourse
to Students 30 January 1979).
Today the world needs a New
Evangelization that relies on your spiritual testimony and the generosity
of your youth, so that no door will be closed
to Christ and so that everyone can come to know
him as our true happiness, the source of our hope
and the cause of our salvation. Our world needs Christ
more than anyone else, men, women, families, children, the elderly,
the sick, the strong and the weak, we all need
Our paths, like that of our Lord’s, will not be
easy. But once again I say to you: Do not
be afraid! Following Christ’s steps, he who is the
Way, our feet will not stumble (cf. Psalm 17/16, 3).
Do not be discouraged! He never abandons us and we
know in whom we have placed our trust (cf. 2
Tm 1: 12). Be faithful! Do not be seduced by
the false claims of those who do not have and
cannot give. Keep your eyes fixed on the Lord, who
always remembers those who follow him with fidelity and prudence
(cf. Mt. 25: 23).
United to Christ and under the
maternal protection of the Blessed Virgin, our Lady of Guadalupe,
continue with your Christian testimony, in your service to the
Church and your missionary commitment. With these sentiments I affectionatle
bestow my Apostolic Blessing.
Vatican, 7 May 1996