As we dive deep into this new year, I wanted to relay a message from Pope Francis on Hope. This speech is called: The Future You. Just remember, this is from Pope Francis, certainly not me (:
‘Look at the future through a “you”, a future of you’s is made of encounters with others. Life is about interactions…. Only by educating people to a true solidarity will we be able to overcome the “culture of waste” beyond just food and goods, but first the people cast aside by economic systems, which puts products at their core, instead of the people. When one realizes that life is a gift, that love is the source and the meaning of life. In order to do good, we need courage, we need memory and we need creativity.

Let us remind each other that the other is not a statistic or a number, the other has a face. The “you” is always a real presence, a person to take care of. The story of the Good Samaritan is the story of today’s humanity, people’s paths are riddled with suffering as everything is centered around money and things, rather than people. As Mother Teresa said,

“One cannot love, unless it is at their own expense”.

We have so much to do, and we must do it together. But how can we do that with all the evil we breathe everyday? Luckily, no system can limit our capacity to react against evil or nullify our desire to open up to the good. We are precious, each one of us irreplaceable in God’s eyes. In the face of todays conflicts, each and every one of us can become a bright candle, a reminder that light will overcome darkness and NEVER the other way around. To Christians, the future has a name, and its name is Hope. Hope is a virtue of the heart, that doesn’t lock itself in darkness that doesn’t dwell in the past does not simply get by in the present, but is able to see a tomorrow. Hope is the door that opens to the future. Hope is a humble hidden seed of life that, with time, will develop into a large tree. A tiny flicker of light that feeds on hope is enough to shatter the shield of darkness. A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you! Hope began with one “you”. When there is an us, there is a revolution. A revolution of tenderness! When I say tenderness, I mean being on the same level as one another to use our hands and heart to help others in need. Let that individual be you! It all starts with one.’