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Meeting of young people on the interior life

22/11/2005: Belgium - Photo gallery

After the World Youth Day, twelve young people older than fifteen years of age met for a weekend at the start of November, in Lavaux. The theme was the interior life. They wanted to take seriously the invitation of Pope John Paul II: “They came to adore him”. Pope Benedict XVI sent the young people to their own countries having invited them to take the time to meet Christ in truth. Thus the reason for this weekend: to take the time to discover that in the depths of each person there exists a world that is not often explored: that of the divine, the spiritual. In effect, we often run to find an exterior God whilst he is in the depths of the heart of our life and of our body. Each person was invited to pray in unity with nature: the traces of God are equally presented.
To integrate nature is to be aware that to protect it is to bless God, to hurt it is to hurt God. Then, it was a matter of listening, of taking pathways of silence, the exterior and interior “noises” of our person. By listening to music, we became aware that within ourselves we express an interior life. This weekend was experienced close to a new community: Tibériade. It is inspired by Franciscan spirituality. Through this contact we were able to live a time of manual work, a time of witnessing finishing with the Eucharist in their community. It is important to give young people paths to develop their “interior life” in a world that disperses them from left to right and makes them lose their thirst for the interior life.

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