Pope Francis, while addressing a gathering of about 70,000 teenagers urged the masses, saying: “Just remember that if Jesus is not in your life, it is as though there is no signal.” He said that it is not possible to find happiness without having Jesus in one’ life, he asserted.
The Pontiff during his address, on the occasion of Vatican’s three-day celebration of young people said that the teenagers can not find happiness by downloading any smart phone application or by acting in a similar manner to a movie star. “Your happiness has no price. It cannot be bought. It is not an app that you can download on your phones, nor will the latest update bring you freedom and grandeur in love,” the pope said.
“That is because love is a free gift which calls for an open heart,” he said. “It is a noble responsibility which is life-long; it is a daily task for those who can achieve great dreams!”
The Pontiff was talking to the gathering at the St Peter’s Square on Sunday, April 23. “Don’t believe those who would distract you from the real treasure, which you are, by telling you that life is beautiful only if you have many possessions. Be skeptical about people who want to make you believe that you are only important if you act tough, like the heroes in films, or when you wear the latest fashions.”
“Even if you disappoint Him and walk away from Him, Jesus continues to want the best for you and to remain close to you; He believes in you even more than you believe in yourself. The biggest threat to growing up well comes from thinking that no one cares about us, from feeling that we are all alone,” he said. “The Lord, on the other hand, is always with you and he is happy to be with you.”
The attendees who had gathered aged between 13 to 16 years. The Pontiff admonished them against “simply going with the flow” and being too laid-back. A day before in his video message to the teenagers who had gathered in the Olympic Stadium of Rome, he maintained that life without Jesus is like a smart phone without signals.
Earlier that day, he surprised the youngsters when he appeared in the St Peter’s Square to hear their confessions. Anna Taibi, a 15-year-old Sicilian youth said, “It was the most emotional day of my life.”