“We need witnesses to hope . . .”

“In a culture often dominated by technology, sadness and loneliness appear to be on the rise, not least among young people.  The future seems prey to an uncertainty that does not make for stability.  This often gives rise to depression, sadness and boredom, which can gradually lead to despair.  We need witnesses to hope and true joy if we are to dispel the illusions that promise quick and easy happiness through artificial paradises.  The profound sense of emptiness felt by so many people can be overcome by the hope we bear in our hearts and by the joy that it gives.  We need to acknowledge the joy that rises up in a heart touched by mercy.  Let us keep in mind, then, the words of the Apostle: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always’.  (Pope Francis)

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