To our teens and young adults, let me say, I know how difficult it is for you to be Catholics in this culture. Some might think me too old and far removed from what you face to understand the pressures you face. But that is not so. It was not long ago that I was your age. I came of age during the sexual and drug revolution of the 1960s. I know the pressures you face and the struggles you endure and the uncertainties you feel. And I have personally seen the path of destruction that is the consequence of unwise and unholy choices. And that is why I pray for you each day… always.
And we older Catholics too are not immune to suffering and struggle, despondency and loneliness. We all need to be reminded and remembered.
There may be times when you may think that no one understands you… but God does.
There may be times when you think that no one loves you… but God does.
There may be times when you feel close to despair and cannot see your way to the future… but God sees…
God says to you, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you… Before you were born, I anointed you… do not despair… be not afraid… do not conform yourself to the spirit of this age… I am your God… I love and cherish you… and I go before you always.”
Remember, you are dust, and to dust you will return. Repent and believe in the Gospel.
Editor’s Note: Join us each morning during Lent for Daily Lenten Reflections.