70 – Our faith is revolutionary – A Christian who is not revolutionary is not a Christian! – Help me to keep making a racket!

Throughout the ages, stories of heroes – whether true or legendary – have thrilled the hearts of the young.   As a result of the disinterested courage and idealism characteristic of their age-group, adolescents dream of great undertakings. To such hearts, burning with desire for heroism, the Church has always presented models that would stimulate true valor, perfect audacity, and authentic generosity – in a word, sanctity. Who is not touched by the courageous lives of young people such as Saint Agnes, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, and Saint Maria Goretti? Or by the youthful resolutions carried on to maturity with the determination of a Saint Ignatius or Saint Francis? Which of them did not face risks with heroic bravery? These saints are an example for youth, and adults, of all times. They fought and won the greatest of all battles – the struggle against oneself, against one’s passions and weaknesses – with the arms of prayer, sacrifice, and virtue.

At a certain point in history, there suddenly appeared another type of ‘heroism’ characterized by a dubious abnegation with regard to dangerous utopias, the difficult achievement of which would be at the cost of uncertain means, and would give even more uncertain fruits. Historians tend to reveal how behind this so-called disinterestedness there were often concealed corrupt personal interests, or the desire to satisfy the worst passions. All this because in these ‘puppet-heroes’ there was no real giving of themselves to an ideal, but rather egoism manipulated by hidden hands, with very specific ideological intentions. The cry of ‘revolution’– whether to the sound of the bayonet and guillotine, under the hammer and sickle, or in any of the thousand and one facets shown throughout the last centuries – has been the perfect excuse to maneuver the most perverse instincts, often with the desire to destroy the Catholic Church, good customs, or venerable and millenary institutions. Because of all of this, the word ‘revolution’ has connotations that no Catholic can accept…

Which brings to mind the young saints mentioned earlier…would it be conceivable that one of them brandish the flag of some revolution? Can this be considered the war-cry of sanctity?
Lately, we have heard another variant of the word ‘revolution’. Now the expression used is ‘hacer lío’, which signifies ‘make a racket, or make a mess, or even stir up hell!’ Within the Church ‘making a racket’ is insistently being promoted. Making a racket on the streets, in the diocese, in families, in society…. Stirring up, making a racket, a mess… was this Jesus’ plan for his Church? What to think of all this? And the most surprising was to hear at the end of his trip to the Continent of Hope, the one who should be the ‘Sweet Christ on Earth’ say: ‘help me to keep making a mess’ (Paraguay, July 11, 2015).

Francis

Quote A

Dear friends, faith is revolutionary and today I ask you: are you open to entering into this revolutionary wave of faith? Only by entering into this wave will your young lives make sense and so be fruitful! (Homily for Youth in Brazil, Waterfront of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 25 July, 2013)

Quote B

Let me tell you what I hope will be the outcome of World Youth Day: I hope there will be noise [lío]. Here there will be noise, I’m quite sure. Here in Rio there will be plenty of noise, no doubt about that. But I want you to make yourselves heard [quiero lío] in your dioceses. [Note: The original Spanish lío is better translated as ‘make a racket’] (Meeting with young people from Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, 25 July, 2013)

Quote C

In this day and age unless Christians are revolutionaries they are not Christians. (Address To Participants in the Ecclesial Convention of the Diocese of Rome, June 17, 2013)

Quote D

With all frankness I tell you: I don’t know exactly why young people protest, first of all. Secondly, I don’t like a young person who doesn’t protest, because a young person has the illusion of a utopia, and a utopia is not always wrong, isn’t it? A utopia is to breathe and to look forward, right? A young person has more freshness and less life experience, isn’t it? Sometimes life experience slows us down. But the young person has more freshness to say things his way… A young person is essentially non-conformist, and this is very beautiful. But this is in general, all youth. I would say, in general, we have to listen to the young people, give them space to express themselves, and take care of them so they don’t get manipulated. (Interview with ‘O Globo’, Rio de Janeiro, July 29, 2013)

Quote E

We Christians have something very lovely, a guide to action, a program we could call revolutionary. I earnestly recommend that you read it: the Beatitudes in Saint Matthew chapter 5 (cf. Mt 5:3) and in Saint Luke chapter 6 (cf. Lk 6:20); and the Last Judgment passage in Saint Matthew chapter 25. This is what I told the young people at Rio de Janeiro: With these passages, you have the plan of action. (Address to the participants in the World Meeting of Popular Movements, Rome, October 28, 2014)

Quote F

The Church, her sons and daughters, are part of the identity of the peoples of Latin America. An identity which here, as in other countries, some powers are committed to erasing, at times because our faith is revolutionary, because our faith challenges the tyranny of mammon. (Address, Participation at the Second World Meeting of Popular Movements, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, July 9, 2015)

Quote G

‘Giving of oneself’ means letting all the power of that love which is God’s Holy Spirit take root in our lives, opening our hearts to his creative power. And giving of oneself even in the most difficult moments as on that Holy Thursday of the Lord when he perceived how they weaved a plot to betray him; but he gave himself, he gave himself for us with his plan of salvation. When we give of ourselves, we discover our true identity as children of God in the image of the Father and, like him, givers of life; we discover that we are brothers and sisters of Jesus, to whom we bear witness. This is what it means to evangelize; this is the new revolution – for our faith is always revolutionary –, this is our deepest and most enduring cry. (Homily, Holy Mass for the Evangelization of Peoples, Bicentenary Park, Quito, Ecuador, July 7, 2015)

Quote H

‘Help me to keep making a mess’. (The Pope meets with the daughters of his first boss, Zenit, July 11, 2015)

Teachings of the Magisterium

Table of Contents

I – The characteristics of a true Christian
II – Virtues that should characterize the youth of the Church
III – Obedience is one of the most important traits of Catholics


I – The characteristics of a true Christian


John Paul II
– This idea of Christ as a revolutionary, the subversive man from Nazareth, does not tally with the Church’s catechesis

Benedict XVI
– Christians should deepen their knowledge of the faith and live consistently with it

John Paul II
– We need a praying and adoring faith, shown in moral integrity of life
– The attachment to Christ should be strengthened by unshakable fidelity to the Gospel
– The Church needs prayerful souls who ceaselessly sing the praises of the Most Holy Trinity
– Be convinced Christians!

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)
– ‘Be you therefore perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect’

Pius XI
– The true Christian lives according to the eternal principles of justice

Leo XIII
– Faith must preserve and nourish the moral life


II – Virtues that should characterize the youth of the Church


Sacred Scripture
– Parents should not permit insolence in their children

John Paul II
– Obedience without reserve is the mark of the saints
– Young people should be willing to live and die for Christ
– The faith of a young person should be strong, joyful, and hardworking

John XXIII
– The formation of youth requires piety in order to combat indiscipline

Pius XII
– Formation of youth: in prayer, in sacrifice and in the fulfillment of duties
– Youth should prepare themselves for the narrow way

Pius XI
– The young person’s battlefield is his own interior

Saint Augustine of Hippo
– Young men: be humble


III – Obedience is one of the most important traits of Catholics


Sacred Scripture
– Whoever resists authority brings judgment upon himself

Paul VI
– Catholics owe obedience to the constituted authority

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
– To refuses to obey authority is to resist God, who appointed it

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
– For centuries Christians have distinguished themselves by the fulfillment of their duties

Pius XII
– It is necessary to dissipate the atmosphere of independence and excessive liberty

Pius X
– A vice common to the enemies of the faith: repudiating all respect and obedience for the authority

Pius IX
– To resist authority is to resist the ordering made by God Himself
– The very nature of human society obligates its members to obey the lawfully established authority

Gregory XVI
– Certain teachings are being spread: the torches of treason are being lit everywhere


I – The characteristics of a true Christian


John Paul II

This idea of Christ as a revolutionary, the subversive man from Nazareth, does not tally with the Church’s catechesis

Benedict XVI

Christians should deepen their knowledge of the faith and live consistently with it

John Paul II

We need a praying and adoring faith, shown in moral integrity of life
The attachment to Christ should be strengthened by unshakable fidelity to the Gospel
The Church needs prayerful souls who ceaselessly sing the praises of the Most Holy Trinity
Be convinced Christians!

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

‘Be you therefore perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect’

Pius XI

The true Christian lives according to the eternal principles of justice

Leo XIII

Faith must preserve and nourish the moral life

II – Virtues that should characterize the youth of the Church


Sacred Scripture

Parents should not permit insolence in their children

John Paul II

Obedience without reserve is the mark of the saints
Young people should be willing to live and die for Christ
The faith of a young person should be strong, joyful, and hardworking

John XXIII

The formation of youth requires piety in order to combat indiscipline

Pius XII

Formation of youth: in prayer, in sacrifice and in the fulfillment of duties
Youth should prepare themselves for the narrow way
Youth should prepare themselves for the narrow way

Pius XI

The young person’s battlefield is his own interior

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Young men: be humble

III – Obedience is one of the most important traits of Catholics


 Sacred Scripture

Whoever resists authority brings judgment upon himself

Paul VI

Catholics owe obedience to the constituted authority

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

To refuses to obey authority is to resist God, who appointed it

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

For centuries Christians have distinguished themselves by the fulfilment of their duties

Pius XII

It is necessary to dissipate the atmosphere of independence and excessive liberty

Pius X

A vice common to the enemies of the faith: repudiating all respect and obedience for authority

Pius IX

To resist authority is to resist the ordering made by God Himself
The very nature of human society obligates its members to obey the lawfully established authority

Gregory XVI

Certain teachings are being spread: the torches of treason are being lit everywhere

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