Author: Pope Francis , Genre: Apostolic Exhortation
In his fourth apostolic exhortation, Christus Vivit, Pope Francis encapsulates the work of the 2018 synod of bishops on “Young People, The Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” It is written for and to young people, also for the entire Church, because, as he says, reflecting on our young people inspires us all. Antonio Spadaro, SJ gives an elaborate introduction which makes this volume special.
He is alive and wants you to be alive! This is how Pope Francis begins his new apostolic exhortation, which he signed on 25 March 2019. ‘Life’, ‘living’, ‘alive’ are terms repeated throughout the text, just as many times as the word ‘young’, which is the key to the exhortation. A life lived to the full: this is the heart of the thinking of Francis concerning young people. The pages turn over quickly, full of energy as though to shake us or literally exhort us to a full life. In his exhortation, Francis focuses on how to help people discern their own paths of life. Discernment is a process that requires accompaniment and presupposes liberty. There is no magic recipe. This is the great lesson that Francis offers young people: help them recognise that their destiny and that of the world are in their hands. Their commitment, in the light of faith, is vocation and mission. This book is not only for the youth but also for the whole church involved in the youth ministry.