Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the young people of the world at World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, to build their lives on a foundation centered on Christ, assuring them that “nothing will make you fear, and peace will reign in your hearts.”
Although this message was directed to young people in Madrid; that same message is for everyone. Whatever age we are, we can build our lives on a strong foundation with faith and centered on the Truth. Then, we can stand firmly on this foundation of hope and help others by inviting them to encounter Christ. This hope ‘pushes’ us to grow in holiness—to a deeper relationship with Jesus.
When my brothers’ children expressed concern about their choices or future, we encouraged them to build a foundation of faith and prayer, good virtues, and role models. If they make wrong decisions in their lives and ‘fall,’ they fall on that solid foundation (and not through any cracks of the foundation)! Then, with prayer, charity and God’s mercy through His Sacraments, they can stand again.
Pope Benedict XVI said in “Anthropological Foundation of the Family,”
The vocation to love is what makes the person an authentic image of God. One becomes similar to God to the degree that one becomes one who loves.
Tom and I began the Pilgrim Center of Hope to be a center of evangelization. Evangelization is born in the love and joy that comes from the discovery of Christ in your life, rooting your life in Him, and then sharing your happiness with others.