41 "Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
If we could speak with the Holy Father now, he would tell us to keep praying, to continue doing the work of God, to persevere and to do the will of God patiently until we are called to our eternal reward.
He would encourage us to live by the three theological virtues of faith, hope and love. This is the life that he lived and he certainly wants the same from us.
In the difficult times in which we live, surrounded by temptation we must persevere in our quest for salvation. Let us imitate the Holy Father in the perseverance he showed us until the last day.
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12TH WORLD YOUTH DAY
MEETING WITH YOUTH
MEDITATION OF JOHN PAUL II
6. By means of your apostolate you offer to your brothers and sisters the Gospel of love. Wherever witness by word is difficult or impossible in a world which does not accept it, by your attitude you make Christ the servant present, because your actions are in harmony with the teaching of the One whom you proclaim. This is an eminent form of professing the faith, a form practised with humility and perseverance by the saints. It is a way of showing that one can sacrifice everything for the truth of the Gospel and out of love for others, as Christ did. By conforming our lives to his, by living in love as he did, we acquire full freedom to respond to our vocation. That can sometimes call for the moral heroism which consists in committing ourselves courageously to following Christ, in the certainty that the Master will show us the way to happiness. It is only in the name of Christ that we can reach the extreme of love, in giving and selflessness.