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Dear Young Friends,

When I speak spontaneously I do it in Spanish, because I dont know the English language. May I do it? Thank you very much. This
Fr Mark, a good translator.
As translated from Spanish by Msgr Mark Gerard Miles
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 Services 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 an only child. Her mother is coming from Hong Kong and her father is here in Manila.
Leads prayer of Our Father
It is a 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 to talk with
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 honestly 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. Theres only a very small representation of girls among you. Too
little. Women have much to tell us in todays society. Sometimes we are too machistas and we dont allow enough space to 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 the only one who has put a question for which there is no answer. She couldnt 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 bravely. 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. Its 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, given them something, and walked
on. But it was only when he was able to cry that he understood something of our lives. Dear young boys and girls, todays world
doesnt know how to cry. The emarginated people, those left to one side, are crying. Those who are discarded are crying. But we
dont 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 how 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 else.
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
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 her son. He was moved to tears and compassion when he saw the crowds without a pastor. If you dont learn how to cry, you
cannot be a good Christian. This is a challenge. When they posed this 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, dont 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 dont 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 with it. We
dont need young museums but we do need holy young people. You may ask me: Father, how do 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 that 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 this? To think. To feel. To do. And all in harmony...
Real love is about loving and letting yourself be loved. Its harder to let yourself be loved than to love. That is why it is so difficult to
come to the perfect love of God. We can love Him but we must let ourselves be loved by Him. Real love is being open to the love
that comes to you. The love that surprises us. If you only have information you are not surprised. Love surprises because it opens a
dialogue of loving and being loved. God is a God of surprise because He loved us first. God awaits us to surprise us. Let us allow
ourselves to be surprised by God. Let us not have a computer psychology that makes us think we know it all. All answers on
computers - but no surprises. The challenge of love. God reveals himself through surprises.
Think of St Matthew. He was a good banker. But he let people down because he imposed taxes against his own people to give to the
Romans. He was full of money. Jesus passed by, looked at him and said: Follow me. He couldnt believe it. It you have the
opportunity, see Caravaggios picture of him. Jesus calls him and those around say: Him? He betrayed us! He is no good! He
hoards money! But the surprise of being loved overcomes him. The day when Matthew left home for work, saying goodbye to his
wife, he couldnt imagine he would come home without money and have to prepare a feast for the one who loved him first. God
surprised Matthew more than the money he had. Allow yourselves to be surprised by God. Dont be afraid of surprises. They shake
the ground beneath our feet and make us insecure, but they move us forward in the right direction.
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 a full heart. Remember: no young museums, and wise young people. To be wise use three languages: think well,
feel well and do well. And 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 peoples activities.
Thank you, Rikki, for what you and your friends do. Id like to ask you a question: you and your friends help others but do you allow
yourselves to receive? Answer in your heart.
In the Gospel we just 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 very 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 the Law, in the time of Jesus, gave much to the people, they taught the people the law, but
they never allowed 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 how to receive. You still lack
one thing. Become a beggar. This is what you still lack. Learn how to beg. This isnt 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 what helps 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 u. 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 havent 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!

As delivered by the Pope, in Spanish

Primero de todo una noticia triste: ayer mientras estaba por empezar la misa se cay una de las torres y al caer hiri una muchacha
que estaba trabajando y muri. Su nombre es Cristal. Ella trabajo en la organizacin de esa misa. Tena 27 aos, era joven como
ustedes y trabajaba para una asociacin. Era una voluntaria. Yo quisiera que nosotros todos juntos, ustedes jvenes como ella
rezramos en silencio 1 minuto y despus invoquemos a nuestra madre del cielo Tambin hagamos una oracin por su Papa y su
mama. Era nica hija. Su mam est llegando de Hong Kong. Su papa ha venido a Manila es espera a su mam
En la pequea representacin de las mujeres. Demasiado poco. Las mujeres tienen mucho que decirnos en la sociedad de hoy. A
veces somos demasiado machistas y no dejamos lugar a la mujer. Pero la mujer es capaz de ver las cosas con ojos distintos de los
hombres. La mujer es capaz de hacer preguntas que los hombres no terminamos de entender. Presten ustedes atencin, ella hoy
hizo la nica pregunta que no tiene respuesta. Y no le alcanzaron las palabras, necesit decirlo con lgrimas. As que cuando
venga el prximo Papa que haya ms mujeres.
Yo te agradezco Shon que hayas expresado tan valientemente tu experiencia. Como dije recin, el ncleo de tu pregunta casi no
tiene respuesta. Solamente cuando somos capaces de llorar sobre las cosas que vos viviste podemos entender algo y responder
algo. La gran pregunta para todos: Por qu sufren los nios?, por qu sufren los nios? Recin cuando el corazn alcanza a
hacerse la pregunta y a llorar, podemos entender algo.
Existe una compasin mundana que no nos sirve para nada! Una compasin que a lo mas no lleva a meter la mano en el bolsillo y
a dar una moneda. Si Cristo hubiera tenido esa compasin hubiera pasado, curado a tres o cuatro y se hubiera vuelto al Padre.
solamente cuando Cristo llor y fue capaz de llorar entendi nuestros dramas.
Queridos chicos y chicas, al mundo de hoy le falta llorar. Lloran los marginados, lloran aquellos que son dejados de lado, lloran los
despreciados, pero aquellos que llevamos una vida ms o menos sin necesidades no sabemos llorar. Ciertas realidades de la vida
se ven solamente con los ojos limpios por las lgrimas. Los invito a que cada uno se pregunte: Yo aprend a llorar? cuando veo un
nio con hambre, un nio drogado en la calle, un nio que no tiene casa, un nio abandonado, un nio abusado, un nio usado
como esclavo por la sociedad? O mi llanto es el llanto caprichoso de aquel que llora porque le gustara tener algo ms? Y esto es
lo primero que yo quisiera decirles: aprendamos a llorar, como ella nos ense hoy. No olvidemos este testimonio. La gran pregunta
por qu sufren los nios? la hizo llorando y la gran respuesta que podemos hacer todos nosotros es aprender a llorar.
Jess en el evangelio llor, llor por el amigo muerto. Llor en su corazn por esa familia que haba perdido a su hija. Lloro en su
corazn cuando vio a esa pobre madre viuda que llevaba a enterar a su hijo. Se conmovi y llor en su corazn cuando vio a la
multitud como ovejas sin pastor. Si vos no aprendes a llorar no sos un buen cristiano. Y este es un desafo. Shon nos ha planteado
este desafo. Y cuando nos hagan la pregunta: porqu sufren los nios, porque sucede esto u esto otro de trgico en la vida? que
nuestra respuesta sea el silencio o la palabra que nace de las lgrimas. Sean valientes, no tengan miedo de llorar.
Y despus vino Leandro Santos. Tambin hizo preguntas sobre el mundo de la informacin. Hoy con tantos medios estamos hper
informados y eso es malo? No! Eso es bueno y ayuda, pero corremos el peligro de vivir acumulando informacin. Y tenemos
mucha informacin, pero quiz no sabemos qu hacer con ella. Corremos el riesgo de convertirnos en jvenes museo, que tienen
de todo pero no saben qu hacer. No necesitamos jvenes museos sino jvenes sabios.

Me pueden preguntar: Padre cmo se llega ser sabio? Y este es otro desafo, el desafo del amor. Cul es la materia ms
importante que tiene que aprender en la Universidad?, Cul es la ms importante que hay que aprender en la vida? Aprender a
amar. Y este es el desafo que la vida te pone a vos hoy. Aprender amar! No solo acumular informacin y no saber qu hacer con
ella. Es un museo. Sino a travs del amor hacer que esa informacin sea fecunda. Para esto el Evangelio nos propone un camino
sereno, tranquilo, usar los tres lenguajes, el lenguaje de la mente, el lenguaje del corazn y el lenguaje de las manos. Y los tres
lenguajes armoniosamente, lo que penss lo sents y lo realizas. Tu informacin baja al corazn, lo conmueve y lo realiza. Y esto
armoniosamente: pensar lo que se siente y lo que se hace. Sentir lo que pienso y lo que hago, hacer lo que pienso y lo que siento.
Los tres lenguajes. Se animan a repetir los tres lenguajes en voz alta?
El verdadero amor es amar y dejarme amar. Es ms difcil dejarse amar que amar. Por eso es tan difcil llegar al amor perfecto de
Dios, porque podemos amarlo, pero lo importante es dejarnos amar por l. El verdadero amor es abrirse a ese amor que est
primero y que nos provoca una sorpresa. Si vos tens solo toda la informacin estas cerrado a las sorpresas, el amor te abre a las
sorpresas, el amor siempre es una sorpresa porque supone un dialogo entre dos. Entre el que ama y el que es amado. Y de Dios
decimos que es el Dios de las sorpresas porque l nos am primero y nos espera con una sorpresa. Dios nos sorprende,
Dejmonos sorprender por Dios. Y no tengamos la psicologa de la computadora de creer saberlo todo. cmo es esto? Un
momento y la computadora tiene todas las respuestas, ninguna sorpresa. En el desafo del amor Dios se manifiesta con sorpresas.
Pensemos en san Mateo record Francisco-, era un buen comerciante, adems traicionaba a su patria porque le cobraba los
impuestos los judos para pagrselo a los romanos, estaba lleno de plata y cobraba los impuestos. Pasa Jess lo mira y le dice
ven. Los que estaban con l dicen: a este que es un traidor, un sinvergenza? y l se agarra a la plata. Pero la sorpresa de ser
amado lo vence y sigui a Jess. Esa maana cuando se despidi de su mujer nunca pens que iba volver sin dinero y apurado
para decirle a su mujer que preparara un banquete. El banquete para aquel que lo haba amado primero. Que lo haba sorprendido
con algo ms importante que toda la plata que tena. Djate sorprender por Dios! No le tengas miedo a las sorpresas, que te
mueven el piso, que te ponen inseguro, pero nos ponen en camino. El verdadero amor te mueve a quemar la vida an a riesgo de
quedarte con las manos vacas. Pensemos en san Francisco, dej todo, muri con las manos vacas pero con el corazn lleno.
De acuerdo? No jvenes de museo sino jvenes sabios. Para ser sabios usar los tres lenguajes: pensar bien, sentir bien y hacer
bien. Y para ser sabios, dejarse sorprender por el amor de Dios y anda y quema la vida. Gracias por tu aporte de hoy!
Y el que vino con un buen plan para ayudarnos a ver cmo podemos andar en la vida fue Riqui, cont todas las actividades, todo lo
que hacen, todo lo que pueden hacer. Gracias Riqui, gracias por lo que haces vos y tus compaeros. Pero yo te voy a hacer una
pregunta: vos y tus amigos van a dar, dan, dan, ayudan, pero vos dejs que te den?, contestate en el corazn. En el evangelio que
escuchamos recin hay una frase que para m es la ms importante de todas, dice el evangelio que Jess a ese joven lo mir y lo
am. Cuando uno ve el grupo de Richi y sus compaeros, uno los quiere mucho porque hacen cosas muy buenas, pero la frase
ms importante que dice Jess: solo te falta una cosa. Cada uno de nosotros escuchemos en silencio esta palabra de Jess: solo
te falta una cosa. Qu cosa me falta? Para todos los que Jess ama tanto porque dan tanto a los dems yo les pregunto: vos
dejas que otros te den de esa otra riqueza que vos no tens?
Los saduceos, los doctores de la ley de la poca de Jess daban mucho al pueblo, le daban la ley, le enseaban, pero nunca
dejaron que el pueblo les diera algo. Tuvo que venir Jess para dejarse conmover por el pueblo. Cuntos jvenes como vos que
hay aqu saben dar pero todava no aprendieron a recibir!
Solo te falta una cosa. Esto es lo que nos falta: aprender a mendigar de aquellos a quienes damos. Esto no es fcil de entender
aprender a mendigar. Aprender a recibir de la humildad de aquellos que ayudamos. Aprender a ser evangelizados por los pobres.
Las personas a quienes ayudamos, pobres, enfermos, hurfanos, tienen mucho que darnos. Me hago mendigo y pido tambin
eso?, o soy suficiente y solamente voy a dar? Vos que vivs dando siempre y crees que no tens necesidad de nada sabs que
sos un pobre tipo?, sabs que tens mucha pobreza y necesitas que te den?, Te dejas ayudar por los pobres, enfermos y por
aquellos que ayudas? Esto es lo que ayuda a madurar a jvenes comprometidos como Riqui en el trabajo de dar a los dems,
aprender a tender la mano desde la propia miseria.
Hay algunos puntos que yo haba preparado: aprender a amar y a dejarse amar. Hay un desafo adems, que es el desafo por la
integridad. Amar a los pobres. Nuestros obispos quieren que mires a los pobres de manera especial este ao. Vos penss en los
pobres?, vos sents con los pobres?, vos haces algo por los pobres? Y vos peds a los pobres que te den esa sabidura que
tienen? Esto es lo que quera decirles. Perdonenme porque no le lo que les tena preparado. Pero hay una frase que me consuela

un poquito: La realidad es superior a la idea y la realidad que ustedes plantearon y la realidad de ustedes es superior a todas las
respuestas que yo haba preparado. Gracias!