St. John Paul II was widely known for his enthusiasm when meeting with young people and his ability to inspire them with his words and example.
He started off his pontificate in 1978 with a powerful opening address to Italian youth on November 8, 1978, giving them 3 pieces of advice for how they should live their lives.
1Look for Jesus
I repeat to you: look for Jesus, by reading and studying the Gospel, by reading some good books; look for Jesus by taking advantage in particular of the religious instruction lesson at school, of the catechisms, and of the meetings in your parishes.
To look for Jesus personally, with the eagerness and joy of discovering the truth, gives deep inner satisfaction and great spiritual strength in order then to put into practice what he demands, even though it costs sacrifice.
Jesus is not an idea, a sentiment, a memory! Jesus is a “person,” always alive and present with us!
— Love Jesus present in the Eucharist. He is present in a sacrificial way in Holy Mass, which renews the Sacrifice of the Cross. To go to Mass means going to Calvary to meet him, our Redeemer.
He comes to us in Holy Communion and remains present in the tabernacles of our churches, for he is our friend; he is everyone’s friend and wishes particularly to be the friend and prop of you boys and girls on your way through life; you need confidence and friendship so much.
3bear witness to Jesus
It is no use complaining of’ the wickedness of the times. As St. Paul wrote, we must overcome evil by doing good (Rom 12:21). The world esteems and respects the courage of ideas and the strength of virtues. Do not be afraid to refuse words, acts, and attitudes that are not in conformity with Christian ideals. Be courageous in rejecting what destroys your innocence or wilts the freshness of your love for Christ.