Peace and Justice: Young First, According to Pope Benedict XVI
Even the Pope, in his message for peace 2012, look at the young as a source of hope for the future. With great clarity, the Pope considers the year just ended as a very difficult time, "it has increased the sense of frustration about the crisis that has beset the company, the world of work and the economy" and points out dramatically, "it seems a blanket of darkness that has fallen on our time and not allow to clearly see the light of day.
"Only the young, according to the Pope, "with their enthusiasm and their ideal drive, may offer new hope to the world." For this reason the head of the Catholic Church dedicated to them the theme of his traditional message for the peace of January 1: "Educating young people for justice and peace."
The youthful enthusiasm and their thrust is the ideal setting of the papal message. Just at the beginning it was said in the end, the Pope also calls on them not to allow ourselves to become "discouraged in the face of difficulties," not to surrender "to false solutions, which often occur as the easiest way to overcome the problems," in "Do not be afraid to commit, to face the hardship and sacrifice, to choose the paths that require fidelity and perseverance, humility and dedication." Serve "live with confidence."
We need young people, their desire to live and to hope, to discover and change. The Pope addressed to all actors in society, a vision for wide-ranging and complex, so that they are "careful to young people" and know how to "listen and appreciate." Listen, says the Pope, "is not only an opportunity, but a primary duty of the whole society." No coincidence that the Pope himself captures the many manifestations of their protest happened during the year in various regions of the world, because they bring out "the many ways that they live with concern: the desire to receive training that prepares them more deep to face reality, the difficulty of forming a family and find a stable place of work, the actual ability to contribute to the world of politics, culture and economy for the construction of a society more human face and solidarity " . The protest of the young, the message seems to say, is never in vain and useless. It bears within himself a deep appeal and a request, written in the soul of every man, that should not be underestimated.
So what to do for young people and, therefore, for society?
Need an inspiring ideal rooted and grounded. Because "the ideologies don’t save the world", it is necessary that "every educational environment can be a place of openness to the transcendent and the other, a place of dialogue, cohesion and listening." Fixed points are used, because the young, as Benedict XVI said on the occasion of the Youth Message last year, have "the right to receive from the generations that precede full stops to make their own choices and build their lives." [...] "The widespread relativism, according to which everything is equal and there is no truth and no absolute reference point, does not generate true freedom, but instability, loss, conformity to the fashions of the moment" (No. 1), calls on all members of society a serious responsibility.
The Pope appeals to different people and "places where it acquired a real education for peace and justice."