You must know what you believe; you must know your faith with the same precision with which a specialist in information technology knows the working system of a computer; you must know it as a musician knows his piece; yes, you must be much more profoundly rooted in the faith of the generation of your parents, to be able to resist forcefully and with determination the challenges and temptations of this time. You have need of divine help, if you do not want your faith to dry up as a dewdrop in the sun, if you do not want to succumb to the temptations of consumerism, if you do not want your love to be drowned in pornography, if you do not want to betray the weak and the victims of abuse and violence. -Pope Benedict XVI

My kids are still pretty little, and presenting matters of the faith does not take a great deal of courage. I imagine that this will not always be the case. As they get older and life gets more challenging, as situations get less black-and-white and more gray, as they see and experience more of the world, it will take more guts on my part to continue to be a witness to the message of Jesus. Pope Benedict challenges the youth time and time again to keep their standards high. I hope, when the time comes, I will, too.

By the way, the quotation was taken from an article in Zenit, a news agency whose aim it is “to look at the modern world through the messages of the Pope and the Holy see, inform about the happenings of the Church in the world, and the topics, debates and events that are especially interesting to Christians worldwide.” I find it a great resource for following what the Holy Father is up to and saying.

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