Pope Francis Homily in UST Mass with the Youth January 2015

By: Tax ad Accounting Center, Inc.

On the context of faith, we put God in every thing we do. Please allow us to go beyond business articles (tax, accounting, and etc.) and share our moment of joy with the blessing of Pope Francis visit from January 15-19, 2015. Seeing him strengthened our faith, reminded us of the true meaning of humility, compassion, and love of others.

Hearing his homily in University of Sto. Tomas encounter with the youth in the Philippines last January 18, 2015 would tell us about using the modern information for good and helping others, about love (to learn how to love, and how to beloved, love for the environment to counter climate change in the Philippines, to love the poor). Below is the full text of the Homily of Pope Francis in University of Santo Tomas encounter with the youth last January 18, 2015 as interpreted by Msgr. Mark Gerald Miles in English and lifted from Rappler.

Dear Young Friends,


When I speak spontaneously I do it in Spanish, because I don’t know the English language. May I do it? Thank you very much. This Fr. Mark, a good translator.


First of all, a sad piece of news. Yesterday, as mass was about to start, a piece of scaffolding fell and, upon falling, hit a young woman who was working in the area and she died. Her name is Kristel. She worked for the organization preparing for that mass. She was 27 years old, young like yourselves. She worked for Catholic Relief Service as a volunteer. I would like all of you who are young like her to pray for a moment in silence with me and then we will pray to Our Mother in Heaven. Let us pray.


(Leads prayer of Hail Mary)


Let us also pray for her parents. She was only child. Her mother is coming from Hong kong and her father is here in Manila.


(Leads prayer of Our Father)


It is joy for me to be with you this morning. I greet each of you from the heart, and I thank all those who made this meeting possible. During my visit to the Philippines, I wanted in a particular way to meet with young people, to listen to you and talk to you. I want to express the love and the hopes of the Church for you. And I want to encourage you, as Christian citizens of this country, to offer yourselves passionately and honesty to the great work of renewing your society and helping to build a better world.


In a special way, I thank the young people who have offered words of welcome to me.


To Jun and Leandro Santos II and to Rikki, thank you very much. There’s only a very small representation of girls among you. Too little. Women have much to tell us in today’s society. Sometimes we are too much “machistas” and we don’t allow enough space for women. But women can see things from a different angle to us, with a different eye. Women are able to pose questions we men are unable to understand. Look out for this fact: she is only one who has put a question for which there is no answer. She couldn’t put it into words but expressed it with tears. So when the next pope comes to Manila, please let there be more girls.


I thank you Jun for talking about your experience so bravery. As I said, the heart of your question has no reply. Only when we too can cry about the things you said can we come close to answering that question. Why do children suffer so much? Why do children suffer? When the heart is able to ask itself and weep, then we can understand something. There is a worldly compassion which is useless. You expressed something like this. It’s a compassion that makes us put our hands in our pockets and give something to the poor. But if Christ had had that kind of compassion he would have greeted a couple of people, give them something, and walked on. But it was only when he was able to cry and understood something of our lives. Dear young boys and girls, today’s world doesn’t know how to cry. The emarginated people, those left to one side, are crying. Those who are discarded are crying. But we don’t understand much about these people in need. Certain realities of life we only see through eyes cleansed by our tears. I invite each one here to ask yourself: have I learned to weep? Have I learned how to weep for the emarginated or for a street child who has a drug problem or for an abused child? Unfortunately there are those who cry because they want something. This is the first thing I want to say: let us learn how to weep as she has shown us today and let us not forget this lesson. The great question of why so many children suffer, she did this in tears. The response that we can make today is: let us really learn how to weep.


In the Gospel, Jesus cried for his dead friend, he cried in his heart for the family who lost its child, for the poor widow who had to bury his son. He was moved to tears and compassions when he saw the crowds without a pastor. If don’t learn how to cry, you cannot be a good Christian. This is a challenge. When this posed their question to us, why children suffer, why this or that tragedy occurs in life – our response must be either silence or a word that is born of our tears. Be courageous, don’t be afraid to cry.


Then came Leandro Santos II and his question. He also posed a good question: the world of information. Today, with so many means of communication we are overloaded with information. Is that bad? No. It is good and can help. But there is a real danger of living in a way that we accumulate information. We have so much information but maybe we don’t know what to do with that information. So we run the risk of becoming museums of young people who have everything but not knowing what to do. You may ask me: Father, how we become saints? This is another challenge. It is the challenge of love. What is the most important subject you have to lean at university? What is most important subject you have to learn in life? To learn how to love. This is the challenge that life offers you: to learn bow to love. Not just to accumulate information without knowing what to do with it. But through that love let the information bear fruit.


For this the Gospel offers us a serene way forward: using the three languages of the mind, heart and hands – and to use them in harmony. What you think, you must feel and put into effect. Your information comes down to your heart and you put it into practice. Harmoniously. What you think, you feel and you do.  Feel what you think and feel what you do. Do what you think and what you feel. The three languages…


Can you repeat it? To think. To feel. To do. And all in harmony..


Real love allows you to spend yourselves, to leave your pockets empty. Think of St. Francis who died with empty hands and empty pockets but with full heart. Remember: no young museums, and wise young people. To be wise allow yourselves to be surprised by the love of God. That will guarantee a good life.


Rikki came up with a good plan for what we can do in life with all young people’s activities.


Thank you Rikki, for what you and your friends do. I’d like to ask a question: you and your friends help others but do you allow yourselves to receive? Answer in your heart.


In the Gospel we heard, there was a beautiful phrase, for me the most important of all: Jesus looked at the young man and he loved him. When you see Rikki and his friends you love them because they do good things. Jesus says something important: you lack one thing. Let us listen to this word in silence: you lack only one thing.


What is it that I lack? To all of you who Jesus loves so much, I ask you: do you allow others to give you from their riches to you who have not? The Sadducees, Doctors of Law, in the time of Jesus, gave much to the people to give them something. Jesus had to come to allow himself to feel compassion and to be loved.


How many young people among you are like this? You know how to give and yet you have ever learned to receive. You still lack one thing. Became a beggar. This is what you still lack. Learn how to beg. This isn’t easy to understand. To learn how to beg. To learn how to receive with humility. To learn to be evangelized by the poor, by those we help, the sick, orphans, they have so much to give us. Have I learned how to beg? Or am I self-sufficient? Do I think I need nothing? Do you know you too are poor? Do you know your own poverty and your need to receive? Do you let yourselves be evangelized by those you serve? This is how help you mature in your commitment to give to others. Learn how to open your hand from your very own poverty.


There are some points I have prepared. The first, I already told you: to learn how to love and to learn how to be loved. There is a challenge which is a challenge of you. This is not only because your country more than many others is likely to be seriously affected by climate change. There is the challenge, the concern for the environment. And finally, there is the challenge for the poor, to love the poor, with your bishops. Do you think of the poor? Do you feel with the poor? Do you do something for the poor? Do you ask the poor to give you the wisdom they have?


This is what I wish to tell you all today. Sorry if I haven’t read what I prepared for you but there is a phrase that consoles me: that reality is superior to ideas. The reality that you have is superior to the paper I have in front of me.


Thank you very much. Pray for me!

Indeed, the above Homily of Pope Francis during the mass at UST encounter with the youth last January 18, 2015 for the youth would widen our understanding of loving oneself, the environment, the poor, and others. Let love governs in all our hearts!

Disclaimer: The above text is not taken form any official text of the homily and is taken only as a simple reference to look back and internalize. For the genuine text, please coordinate with the Roman Catholic church or other genuine sources. For comments, you may please send mail at info@taxacctgcenter.org.

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