|Generosity will reap its
On Sunday evening,
20 July , the Holy Father met the World Youth Day benefactors and
organizers. The meeting began in the Reception Hall of Cathedral House
and then continued in the Chapter Hall of St Mary's Cathedral. The
following is the Holy Father's Discourse in which he expressed his
appreciation to all who helped to make World Youth Day 2008 a success.
As my visit to Australia draws to a close, I would like to express my
gratitude to all those who helped make this World Youth Day a success.
This evening, in a particular way, my thanks go to you, who have so
generously supported this event both materially and spiritually.
Cardinal Pell has alluded to the great sacrifices which you have made in
organizing this wonderful day in the life of the Church. I thank you
personally, not only for those sacrifices, but even more for the
confidence you have shown in our young people and your trust in Godís
grace at work in their hearts. Let us pray that the investment which so
many of you have made in them will bear fruit in their own lives, for
the life of Christís Church and for the future of our world!
In these days, through the work of the organizing committee and the
cooperation of so many private individuals, businesses and corporations,
and local authorities, young people from throughout the world have been
given the opportunity to experience the beauty of this country and the
warm hospitality of the Australian people. In return, they have enriched
this land by their witness to the love of Christ and the power of his
Spirit at work in the Church.
I am sure, dear friends, that your own participation in the preparations
for this World Youth Day has given you a particular experience of the
Holy Spiritís power. No doubt while planning this great international
gathering, and trying to face every possible eventuality, you had your
moments of worry and concern, and even fear and trepidation about how
things would finally turn out! Now, in retrospect, you can see the
abundant harvest which the Spirit has brought forth from your prayers,
your perseverance and your hard work. How many good seeds have been sown
in these short days!
Dear friends, Saint Paul, who devoted his entire life to the service of
the Gospel, reminds us that "it is more blessed to give than to receive"
(cf. Acts 20:35). Your generosity and sacrifice have been an essential,
yet often hidden, ingredient in the success of this World Youth Day. May
the spiritual joy, the satisfaction and the fulfilment that we have all
experienced in these days, be an unfailing source of blessings in your
own lives. May you never doubt the truth of our Lordís promise that,
whenever we give our creativity, energy, resources, and our very selves
to him, we will gain them back abundantly (cf. Mt 19:29)!
With these sentiments I express once more my heartfelt gratitude and
thanks to each of you. I commend you and your families to the loving
intercession of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Help of Christians, and
cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of strength and peace
in Jesus her divine Son.
Weekly Edition in English
23 July 2008, page 14
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