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Week Forty-Two

Teach me to do your will... (Psalms 143:10)

"I want to invite you this year to fix your eyes on Jesus, Teacher and Lord of life." --Pope John Paul II, World Youth Day XII

Think About That

We tend to "fix our eyes" on things that we find attractive. Right? Well, fixing our eyes on Jesus means that we find him and his ways attractive to us. But by fixing our eyes on him we can also learn more and more about him as we study his ways and his life.

Take Action

Do you have a crucifix or cross in your room? If not, perhaps you might get one to hang on a wall. You may also have some other sacred object or a copy of the sacred Scriptures. Fix your eyes on this object or the Scriptures. See Jesus before you. Ask, "what can I learn from Jesus, the teacher, today?"

Say A Prayer

Lord, help me to fix my eyes on you each day, to find you attractive so that I might live like you. Teach me the ways of your life.

Did You Know?

In 1940, Pope John Paul II met a spiritual friend, Jan Tryanowski, who introduced him to the spiritual writings of John of the Cross and Teresa d' Avila.


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 www.smp.org for more information from the publisher, Saint Mary's Press.