In his formal welcome address to the youth in Kraków, the Holy Father exhorted them. Here is an excerpt:
Jesus can give you true passion for life. Jesus can inspire us not to settle for less, but to give the very best of ourselves. Jesus challenges us, spurs us on and helps us keep trying whenever we are tempted to give up. Jesus pushes us to keep our sights high and to dream of great things. You might say to me, “but Father, it is so difficult to dream of great things, it is so difficult to rise up, to be always moving forwards and upwards. Father, I am weak, I fall, and I try but so many times I fall down”. Mountaineers, as they climb mountains, sing a very beautiful song whose words go like this: “in the art of climbing, it is not important that you do not fall down, but that you do not stay down”. If you are weak, if you fall, look up a little for there is Jesus’ hand extended to you as he says: “Rise up, come with me”. “And what if I fall again?” Rise again. “And what if I fall yet again?” Rise yet again. Peter once asked the Lord: “Lord, how many times?” And the reply came: “seventy times seven”. The hand of Jesus is always extended, ready to lift us up again when we fall.
To be zealously and joyfully Catholic is not an idle thing. Being religious, being a lover of Jesus does not short change you of life’s great joys and happiness. To be in Kraków during these days, must truly be a foretaste of what heaven must be like with the saints. Let’s continue to keep our eyes on Jesus, to follow him — he is our treasure and he helps us when we fall to keep following him … all the way to eternity.