To Follow Jesus Is the Greatest Joy That Ever Can Be

To be friends of Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer! That is the goal for which we should strive. That is the secret of life! Those who are friends of Jesus fear nothing, walk safely, avoid sin, and always improve in their achievement of good. To follow Jesus, to be sure, is not always easy. It demands sacrifice; you must overcome your own whims and selfishness. But it is the greatest joy that ever can be! Jesus doesn't disappoint; he is a loyal friend, who keeps his promises and never forsakes you in times of pain and challenge. But you too must try to be sincere friends to him, doing your best to not cause him sorrow. He wants you to be holy, that is, true and complete Christians.

SPEECH TO CHILDREN, FLORENCE, ITALY October 18, 1986

(Pope John Paul II, “Love is the Explanation of Everything”, Rizzoli 2011, Page 116)

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