Do Not Refuse to Show Your Joy

Spread joy in the surroundings in which you live or are active: in the family. in the school, in the places of work and of play; above all spread joy to those who are alone, old, sick, or marginalized from society; to those who are absorbed in the daily rat race; to those who vainly seek joy where it is least to be found: in the murderous surrogates of drugs and alcohol; or in the fatal and empty recourse to consumerism and lack of commitment; and especially to those who have succumbed to the influence of the deplorable movements impelled in any way toward violence or lack of respect for others. To all these brothers and sisters who, in one way or another, consciously or unconsciously, are awaiting from you a word, a smile, and your friendship, do not fail to offer your presence, do not refuse to show your joy, and the reasons for your hope. 

SPEECH TO YOUTH, TERAMO, ITALY June 30, 1985

(Pope John Paul II, “Love is the Explanation of Everything”, Rizzoli 2011, Page 086)

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