Each week we let Saint Pope John Paul II share meaningful signposts to spark socio-economic resolves through justice and righteousness combined with mercy and compassion; in short, love.

               7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even                            though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

               __ 1 Peter 1:7 (New International Version)


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               Arezzo, Italy—23 May 1993 | How can one be a faithful Christian in a world without much Christianity? 

               How does one maintain faith in an environment that disregards faith and considers itself in no need of faith? 

               Is it possible to keep the flame of faith burning in such circumstances? 

We have to swim against the current. Faith is no longer self-evident. It is a choice, a belief in decision-making. 

Faith is like gold: It is purified in fire. Whoever wants to be real must take his way through the cross of Christ. (1 Peter 1: 7) 


Excerpted from:

Visita Pastorale a Cortona Ed Arezzo, Incontro di Giovanni Paolo II Con I Giovani Aretini,  Arezzo – Domenica, 23 Maggio 1993