Dear young people, you are a precious gift for society. Do not yield to discouragement in the face of difficulties and do not abandon yourselves to false solutions which often seem the easiest way to overcome problems. Do not be afraid to make a commitment, to face hard work and sacrifice, to choose the paths that demand fidelity and constancy, humility and dedication. Be confident in your youth and its profound desires for happiness, truth, beauty and genuine love! Live fully this time in your life so rich and so full of enthusiasm.
Realize that you yourselves are an example and an inspiration to adults, even more so to the extent that you seek to overcome injustice and corruption and strive to build a better future. Be aware of your potential; never become self- centered but work for a brighter future for all. You are never alone. The Church has confidence in you, follows you, encourages you and wishes to offer you the most precious gift she has: the opportunity to raise your eyes to God, to encounter Jesus Christ, who is himself justice and peace. Pope Benedict XVI
A great and holy man who will be out of the public eye, yet so close to our Lord in prayer for our Church, his successor, and his people. A true blessing to our lives the last eight years.
I remember the last election and am looking forward to watching how the next few weeks plays out as the Holy Spirit works in these 117 men to elect a new Shepherd.
Life Teen did an awesome thank you video - check it out: