It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness, he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.
- Blessed Pope John Paul II
World Youth Day Vigil, 2000
I felt like he was speaking directly to me that night, that cold cold, vigil. Thirteen years later, and eight more after his death, I still think he is speaking to me. Looking through photos of that day, he was already so old, so weak. And yet, I think of his as young, and full of vigor; handsome. His heart was with the youth, and as one of those youths, I am grateful everyday for his influence on our generation.
Blessed John Paul II, pray for us!