Witness to Hope
The fundamental question of youth, is the question of conscience and its authenticity. Conscience is in a sense, the history of the world. For history is written not only the events from outside of us; it is written first from the inside: it is the history of human consciences, of moral victories and defeats.
Youth is a special time to discern a personal future, a vocation, in which young people try to read the eternal thought which God the Creator and Father has in their regard. John Paul’s remarkable rapport with young people began in the John Paul, Superstar phase of his pontificate. As his pontificate unfolded, it was no longer possible to view this simply as a variant on the adulation lavished on pop celebrities. Age, Agca’s bullet, and the effects of illness made it necessary to think of him as something more than a rock star in a white cassock. Why did this rapport continue? The Pope took young people seriously as persons, paying them the compliment of seeing them as people struggling with the meaning of life. When speaking with the young, he did not take the edge off a Christian message he clearly lived himself. Perhaps most importantly, he did not pander to young people, challenging them to settle for nothing less than moral grandeur. At a time in Western history when virtually no other world figure was calling young people to bear burdens and make sacrifices, John Paul touched the youthful thirst for the heroic and related it to the human search for God. It made for a potent style of evangelization. —Witness to Hope by George Weigel, pp 493-494
The Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota and our parish were treated to a rare opportunity to spend an evening with George Weigel.
He is the Distinguished Senior Fellow of The Ethics and Public Policy Center, and is the most comprehensive biographer of Pope Saint John Paul II, a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading intellectuals.
We are honored to share this event with you and are most grateful to Jenny Boran, Faith Formation Director at Stella Maris Academy, for her generosity and expertise in the creation of this YouTube.