Robert Ellsberg

A LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER, ROBERT ELLSBERG - April 2018

In his Palm Sunday sermon for World Youth Day, Pope Francis addressed the joy that Jesus awakens in young people, “a source of anger and irritation to some, since a joyful young person is hard to manipulate!” The power of his homily was amplified by the fact that it came one day after the “March For Our Lives,” the massive protest by young people in the U.S. and around the world against the pandemic of gun violence and the inaction of political leaders beyond “thoughts and prayers.” Not everyone welcomed these protests. But it was hard to miss the Pope’s meaning when he concluded: “Dear young people, you have it in you to shout . . . . Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders – so often corrupt – keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out? Please, make that choice, before the stones themselves cry out.”

 

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