“It seems to us in fact that the present world crisis, which is marked by a great confusion among many young people, partly betrays a senile and definitely out-of-date aspect of a commercial, hedonistic and materialistic civilization which is still trying to present itself as the gateway to the future. Even in its very excesses, the instinctive reaction of many young people against this illusion takes on a certain importance. This generation is waiting for something else. Having suddenly been deprived of protective traditions, then bitterly deceived by the vanity and spiritual vacuum of false novelties, atheistic ideologies and certain deleterious forms of mysticism, will not this generation come to discover or rediscover the sure and unalterable newness of the divine mystery revealed in Jesus Christ? Has not He, in the splendid words of Saint Irenaeus, “brought all newness by bringing His own person”?

And this is why we are pleased to dedicate more expressly to you, the young Christians of the present day, the promise of the Church of tomorrow, this celebration of spiritual joy. We cordially urge you to be attentive to the inner appeals which come to you. We urge you to raise up your eyes, your hearts, your fresh energies, to the heights, to accept the effort of the soul’s yearnings.”

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Pope St. Paul VI

Gaudete in Domino

Pedro Gabriel

Pedro Gabriel, MD, is a Catholic layman and physician, born and residing in Portugal. He is a medical oncologist, currently employed in a Portuguese public hospital. A published writer of Catholic novels with a Tolkienite flavor, he is also a parish reader and a former catechist. He seeks to better understand the relationship of God and Man by putting the lens on the frailty of the human condition, be it physical and spiritual. He also wishes to provide a fresh perspective of current Church and World affairs from the point of view of a small western European country, highly secularized but also highly Catholic by tradition.

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  1. petey says:

    i very much appreciate this series by dr gabriel. it shows the unarguable consistency of papal statements on social (and of course other) issues.

  2. SK says:

    Oh, I guessed wrong. I was thi king it was St. JOHN Paul II. Ya got me on this one.

  3. Carol says:

    And, I thought it could be Papa Francesco.

  4. Christopher Lake says:

    I dearly love Pope St. Paul VI. Sadly, he is sometimes misunderstood and unfairly maligned, for different, respective reasons, both by some “traditionalist” Catholics, and by some “liberal” Catholics, in the U.S. (I greatly dislike those terms, and I only use them here because I’m not sure of what would be good replacements for them).

    Pope St. Paul VI doesn’t often seem to be spoken of as a strongly evangelistic Pope, but he should be. The evidence of his writings shows him to be very good and thoughtful on evangelism. In fact, I wish that each and every Catholic, around the world, who is able to read Church documents, would spend some time with his great Apostolic Exhortation of 1975, “Evangelii nuntiandi (Evangelization in the Modern World).” (Pope Francis loves it.) It is *such* a strong, challenging, helpful statement on the Church’s continued call, to all Catholics, to follow Christ in everyday life, including through personal evangelism. If just that one document alone had been read and taken to heart by every Catholic, lay and clergy and religious, who could have read it in 1975, I can’t help but think that the Church (especially in the Western world) would be in a healthier place, now, in numerous ways. http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_p-vi_exh_19751208_evangelii-nuntiandi.html

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