As a theme of this week has been youth, today I salute St. Dominic Savio. Here is a young man who was saintly at a very young age, proving the point that the virtues may be encouraged in children.
So many parents cannot imagine saintly children, but as I wrote in an earlier post, families can be holy and can pass on holiness.
here. St. Dominic Savio, pray for us and all young people throughout the world today.
Friday, 9 March 2012
Today I am thinking of St. Joan of Arc. She is a young hero for today's youth. She is a role model for personal holiness and fidelity to one's conscience. She is an example of a young person who cooperated with grace, a particular grace for a particular time. Her authenticity was based on Hope, the virtue of the soldier and the Church Militant. That she died by treachery is part of the same story we see around us today, the story of betrayal, even of Christian by Christians. That St. Joan puts her mysterious life before us as a symbol of hope, is something I would want to share with all the youth in Ireland, under the age of thirty. Without hope, there is no springtime of youth.