Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world, and everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!
(Pave Frans: Fra den postsynodale apostoliske ekshortasjon Christus vivit)
Embrace, then, Jesus crucified, raising to Him the eyes of your desire!
Consider His burning love for you, which made Jesus pour out His blood from every part of His body!
Embrace Jesus crucified, loving and beloved, and in him you will find true life because He is God made man.
Let your heart and your soul burn with the fire of love drawn from Jesus on the Cross!
You must, then, become love, looking at God’s love who loved you so much not because He had any obligation towards you but out of pure gift, urged only by His ineffable love.
You will have no other desire than to follow Jesus! As if you were drunken with Love, it will no longer matter whether you are alone or in company: do not think about many things, but only about finding Jesus and following Him!
(Katarina av Siena OP: fra brev n. 165 til Bartolomea, Salviato av Luccas kone)