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On his feast day, reflect on these words
from St. John of the Cross and ask for his intercession for your family during
At World Youth Day
in Rio last July, Pope Francis challenged young people "You are Christ's athletes!
You are called to build a more beautiful Church and a better world. Let us lift
our gaze to Our Lady. Mary helps us to follow Jesus, she gives us the example
by her own "yes" to God: "I am the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me as
you say" (Lk 1:38). Altogether, let us join Mary in saying to God: let
it be done to me as you say. Amen!"
This Advent, as we reflect on Mary's choice, encourage the youth and young adults in your families and parish communities to discover and discern their own vocational calling from God: as a married person, a priest, a religious sister or brother, or a chaste single person.
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