Week Thirty

We have gifts that differ... (Romans 12:6)

"For little by little you recognize the 'talent' or 'talents' which each of you has, and you begin to use them in a creative way, you begin to increase them." --Pope John Paul II, Dilecti Amici

Think About That

Talents are funny things. The more you recognize them the more you use them, and the more you use them the more you develop them. Talents grow, but only if we use them.

Take Action

What is one talent you think you have? This week, find three ways to use that talent in creative ways. At the end of the week, ask yourself, "What did I learn about myself by using this talent this week?"

Say A Prayer

Lord, my talents are gifts from you. Thank you for these gifts. Help me to use my talents for the good of others so that my talents may grow and accomplish your will.

Did You Know?

The Pope is also a civil ruler, serving as the Head of State of the Vatican City that has a population of about 1,000 people.

Taken from...
My Dear Young Friends: Pope John Paul II Speaks to Youth on Life, Love, and Courage
Copyright © 2002 -- Reprinted with permission of the editor, John M. Vitek.

My Dear Young Friends, a collection of fifty-two weekly reflections on living in the Spirit, invites young people to read and act on Pope John Paul II's inspiring addresses to young people gathered at annual World Youth Day celebrations. Please visit for more information from the publisher, Saint Mary's Press.