On Saturday, 6 July 2013, Pope Francis addressed some 6000 participants, including Seminarians, Novices, and young people on their vocation path, who were taking part in the Year of Faith pilgrimage entitled “I Trust in You” which took place in Rome, 4 – 7 July 2013.
In his address Pope Francis encouraged them to make a “definitive” and permanent choice for Christ especially in this “culture of the provisional”. He reminded them that “sadness is not holiness” and that joy is a characteristic of this life, a joy which does not come from external things, but a joy of “freshness”, which comes from following Christ. This joy which comes from encountering Christ is contagious and leads one out to be joyful, authentic witnesses to the Gospel, and to be pastorally fruitful. After all, “To become a priest or a religious is not primarily our choice; it is our answer to a calling, a calling of love”.
To be authentic and sincere requires ongoing conversion, examination of conscience, acknowledging of our sinfulness, and regularly and properly frequenting the sacrament of Penance.
Pope Francis also praised the late Mother Teresa and held her up as a model of prayer and service to especially the poor saying, “I would like a more missionary Church, one that is not so tranquil. A beautiful Church that goes forward.”