Pope to youth: ‘Learn how to cry’

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MANILA, Jan. 18, 2015—Inspired by Glyzelle Palomar, a girl who became emotional after sharing to the Holy Father about her tough life on the streets, Pope Francis used her courageous testimony to tell delegates of the Encounter with the Youth at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) why crying is a good thing.

Learning how to weep

“Let us learn how to weep, as Glyzelle has shown us today. Let us not forget this lesson,” said the Holy Father, who was asked tearfully by 12-year old Palomar why God allows children to suffer.

According to him, It is only when the faithful learn to cry with those who are suffering that they can begin to understand them and to love them.

“If you don’t learn how to cry, you can’t be good Christians,” he explained.

Young people listen to Pope Francis' message to the youth during an activity at the University of Sto. Tomas, Jan. 18, 2015. (Photo: Dominic Barrios)

Young people listen to Pope Francis’ message to the youth during an activity at the University of Sto. Tomas, Jan. 18, 2015. (Photo: Dominic Barrios)

He said that ultimately, the expression of weeping is a concrete gesture of empathy with the pain of others and a sign of deeper involvement in issues that may somehow seem abstract and distant like homelessness, drug abuse and sexual abuse.

Jesus cried

“Jesus in the Gospel, he cried. He cried for his dead friend, he cried in his heart for the family that had lost its child, he cried when he saw the poor widow burying her son, he was moved to tears, to compassion, when he saw the crowds without a shepherd,” the Holy Father added.

The Argentine pontiff urged his audience to be guided by how Jesus ministered to people, emphasizing that He did not meet people’s needs with a “worldly compassion,” stopping only for a few moments to hand out money or material things.

The Pope noted that Christ took the time to listen and to sympathize with his people.

The Holy Father’s Encounter with the Youth included testimonials from four young people and the Liturgy of the Word. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)


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