May You Be Torches That Burn in the Middle of the World

May you be torches that burn in the middle of the world: where there is the night of unbelief, may the light of your faith cast a strong light; where there is the soot of hatred and despair, may the glow of your optimism and hope shine in: where there is the darkness of selfishness and violence, let the fire of your love burn bright. 

SPEECH TO YOUTH, IMOLA, ITALY May 9, 1986

(Pope John Paul II, “Love is the Explanation of Everything”, Rizzoli 2011, Page 106)

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