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Sometimes in our relationships with children and young people who are not family members, we are like adults who abandon and disregard these young ones because they reveal our own bitterness to accept old age.

We abandon them to the vicissitudes of the street, with the attitude of “every man for himself.” We abandon them to places of entertainment where they can amuse themselves. Or we abandon them to the care of the cold and passive anonymity of modern technologies.

We set aside our care for them, and we even imitate them because we do not want to accept our place as adults. We fail to understand that the commandment to love requires us to care, to set boundaries, to broaden our horizons, and give witness with our lives.

Words of Pope Francis

What responsibilities has God given you? What can you do this week to be faithful to them? In what areas is God calling you to take on more responsibility?

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