Friendship with Christ, as B16 teaches in his message for World Youth Day this year, is a "demanding apprenticeship". That is because it has its foundation in God's original plan, rather than in my plan or your plan.
It was very lovely to welcome Paul and Hermione to Our Lady Mother of Grace House again this past weekend. They are already "old friends" of this house, and our time together was punctuated with prayer, conversation, walking in the hills and unctious food. We were graced also by a visit from Bro Thomas CFR on Saturday afternoon who brought the light and warmth of his Community to our time together.
It is a special grace for me to welcome young people who are beginning the journey of learning to love each other as a couple. We know that this is one of the most important ways in which young people concretely take up the task of building "brick by brick" the Civilisation of Love.
The journey of love, B16 reminds us, is one in which we are called to "trust in a love that is true, faithful and strong; a love that generates peace and joy; a love that binds people together and allows them to feel free in respect for one another."
There is certainly a great sense of joy between Paul and Hermione, and we ask Our Lady of Guadalupe to be their light and their guide now.