教宗於2019年巴拿馬世界青年日,論及鮑思高神父時表示:「必須以天主的眼目注視青年。」

一月 29, 2019

 

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【慈幼通訊社 2019 01 27 巴拿馬巴拿馬城訊】 ─ 教宗在數以千計的青年面前,講述與今天青年有著重大關係的題目,言簡意賅、親切而使青年易於理解。他告訴他們,「耶穌賜給我們的生命是『愛的故事』——生命的故事,祂願意這生命與我們的生命相融合,並植根於我們每人的好地中。」這在我們的聖人們身上不斷發生。

 

他論及這些聖人時,講述了世界青年日其中一位主保聖人。「我認為以聖鮑思高為例,他決不是尋找在老遠的青年。讓我們看看這裡愛慕聖鮑思高的人:一同伸出手來!聖鮑思高決不走到老遠或特殊的地方,尋找青年;他就是以天主的眼目,看看城中發生的一切,因此,他的心靈因著數以百計的兒童而憂傷,他們或是遭遺棄,失去學習的機會,或是待業或在社會中得不到支援。很多在同一城市中生活的人,批判這些青年,但他們未能以天主的眼目注視他們。我們必須以天主的眼目注視青年。」

 

他論及這位青年的主保聖人時,指出他為遭遺棄的青年踏出了一步:「他做到了;聖鮑思高是勇毅的,敢於邁出第一步:擁抱迎面而來的生命,這樣,他也勇於踏出第二步:與他們建構一個團體、一個家庭,他們在那裡工作學習,感受到別人的愛護。賦予他們基礎,使他們在其上成長,因而能到達天國,因而能成為社會上有用的人;賦予他們基礎,使他們能站穩,不致在下一次的狂風中跌倒。這就是聖鮑思高所作的,是眾聖人所作的,也是懂得以天主眼目注視青年的團體所作的。」

 

“Young people must be looked at with the eyes of God”: The Holy Father spoke about Don Bosco in Panama 2019.

 

(ANS PanamaPanama City, 27 January 2018) – Before thousands of young people, the Holy Father spoke on topics of great relevance for today’s youth and with a simple language, deep and close to young people’s understanding. He told them that “the life that Jesus gives us is a ‘love story’, a story of life that wants to mix with ours and take root in the good soil of each one of us”, as it has been the case with our saints.

 

When referring to the saints, he presented the figure of one of the Holy Patrons of the World Youth Day. “I think for example of Don Bosco who did not go to look for young people far away. Let’s see here those who love Don Bosco: put your hands together! Don Bosco did not go to look for young people in far places or special locations; he simply learned to see everything that happened in the city with the eyes of God and, thus, his heart was stricken by hundreds of children, of abandoned young people without chance for study, without work and without the helping hand of a community. Many people lived in the same city, many criticized these young people, but they were unable to look at them with the eyes of God. Young people must be looked at with the eyes of God.”

 

Referring to the Saint of the young people, he presented him as a saint who took a step for in favour of abandoned young people: “He did it; Don Bosco was courageous, and he dared to take that first step: to embrace life just as it comes and, from there, he was not afraid to take the second step: to create with them a community, a family, where, with work and study, they felt loved. To give them roots from which to hold themselves up, so that they can reach heaven, so that they can be someone in society; to give them roots so that they can stand steady and not be thrown down by the next wind. That is what Don Bosco did, that’s what the saints do, that’s what is done by communities that know how to look at young people with the eyes of God. “