“Young people are always searching for the beauty in love. They want their love to be beautiful. If they give in to weakness, following [worldly] models of behavior . . . in the depths of their hearts they still desire a beautiful and pure love. This is as true of boys as it is of girls. Ultimately, they know that only God can give them this love. As a result, they are willing to follow Christ, without caring about the sacrifices this may entail.” ”—-Blessed John Paul II
“Some of you may be tempted to take flight from responsibility: in the fantasy worlds of alcohol and drugs, in shortlived sexual relationships without commitment to marriage and family, in indifference, in cynicism and even in violence. Put yourselves on guard against the fraud of a world that wants to exploit or misdirect your energetic and powerful search for happiness and meaning. But do not avoid the search for the true answers to the questions that confront you. Do not be afraid!”—Blessed Pope John Paul II, January 1, 1985 for the World Day of Peace
“By his witness of faith, love and apostolic courage, accompanied by great human charisma, this exemplary son of Poland helped believers throughout the world not to be afraid to be called Christian, to belong to the Church, to speak of the Gospel. In a word: he helped us not to fear the truth, because truth is the guarantee of liberty. To put it even more succinctly: he gave us the strength to believe in Christ, because Christ is Redemptor hominis, the Redeemer of man. ”—Pope Benedict XVI (Homily for the Beatification of John Paul II)
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“WE NEED SAINTS who run around in JEANS AND SNEAKERS. We need saints who go to movies, listen to music and hang out with their friends. We need saints who give God first place in their lives while they head off to college life.
We need saints who find the time throughout the day to pray and who know that dating should be done with purity and chastity, or who will consecrate their lives in chastity.We need modern saints, saints of the twenty-first century, with a spirituality embedded in our time. We need saints who are committed to the poor and to necessary social changes. We need saints who live in the world, but who sanctify the world, and so are not afraid to live in the world.We need saints who can drink Coke and eat a hot dog, who wear jeans, who know how to surf the internet, who hear music from a CD. We need Saints who passionately love the Eucharist but are not embarrassed to share a soda or eat pizza on the weekend with their friends. We need saints who like movies, theater, music, dance, and sports. We need saints who are friendly and outgoing, open, normal, good friends and cheerful companions. We need saints who are in the world but discerning to get out of the world and enjoy those things from the world that are pure and good, without acquiring the worldly attitudes.”
Bl. Pope John Paul II
“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”
~Blessed JP II, August 19, 2000 World Youth Day, Rome (italics and bold added for emphasis)