Pope Benedict XVI recently addressed a group of young people in Freiburg, Germany in which he gave some beautiful advice that all of us, regardless of age, should take to heart:
A candle can only give light if it lets itself be consumed by the flame. It would remain useless if its wax failed to nourish the fire. Allow Christ to burn in you, even at the cost of sacrifice and renunciation. Do not be afraid that you might lose something and, so to speak, emerge empty-handed at the end. Have the courage to apply your talents and gifts for Godâ€™s kingdom and to give yourselves â€“ like candlewax â€“ so that the Lord can light up the darkness through you. Dare to be glowing saints, in whose eyes and hearts the love of Christ beams and who thus bring light to the world.
He also proclaimed a message that cannot be repeated often enough:
Dear friends, Christ is not so much interested in how often in your lives you stumble and fall, as in how often you pick yourselves up again. He does not demand glittering achievements, but he wants his light to shine in you. He does not call you because you are good and perfect, but because he is good and he wants to make you his friends.
Amen! You can read the Pope’s entire address here.