This incredible photograph, taken by William Smith, sums up the whole ethos of Youth 2000. Its just beautiful.
"They looked to him, and were radiant.
Their faces shall never be covered with shame."
Youth 2000 Summer Festival
So, from the festival comes 'My Role Model'!
This was inspired by the "True Womanhood/True Manhood" talks given at this years festival.
As the talks drew nearer we asked many participants "can you name a good role model?" Many suggested Mother Teresa, a few said their mom.... but when pushed for a modern day, alive, famous role model.... well, they were hard to think of!
It became more and more apparent that there is a huge hole in the role model market. Who is there out there that we can look up to, be inspired by, help us get to heaven?
We have a beautiful treasure in the Catholic Church, namely the Communion of saints. Hundreds of souls (over 10,000 named and canonised!) who have walked this earth before us, fought their battles, confessed their sins, and triumphed over self, winning the crown of glory.
There is a wealth of 'role modelling' available to us. Saints old and new, some even from our own time, who can help us in our daily decisions and struggles... The world of modern media (whilst full of pitfalls and danger) makes available to us great knowledge, wisdom, experience and teaching.
Our hope is we can share some of this wisdom with you right here!
Remember, we have 3 mothers ...
We have our moms.
"Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her rejoice who gave birth to you"
We have Our Lady.
"Listen, put it into your heart, my youngest and dearest son, that the thing that disturbs you, the thing that afflicts you, is nothing. Do not let your countenance, your heart be disturbed. Do not fear this ... or any other sickness, nor anything that is sharp or hurtful. Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you, disturb you..."
Our Ladys words to Juan Diego
We have our mother, the Church.
"As a mother, the Church nurtures us throughout life by illuminating our path with the light of the Gospel and by sustaining us with the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist. With this nourishment, we are able to choose the good and be vigilant against evil and deceit, and overcome the difficult moments of life with courage and hope. This is the Church: a mother who has at heart the good of her children."