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Monday, August 29, 2005

John Paul the Great on the Christian Life #3

Memorial of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

The Father puts in our hands the task of beginning to build here on earth the "Kingdom of Heaven," which the Son came to announce and which will find its fulfillment at the end of time.

It is our duty then to live in history, side by side with our peers, sharing their worries and hopes, because the Christian is and must be fully a man of his time. He cannot escape into another dimension, ignoring the tragedies of his era, closing his eyes and heart to the anguish that pervades life. On the contrary, it is he who, although not "of" this world, is immersed "in" this world every day, ready to hasten to wherever there is a brother in need of help, a tear to be dried, a request for help to be answered. On this will we be judged.
Message for World Youth Day, 1996

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