Surprising everyone yet again, Pope Francis, together with thousands of young people last weekend in Milan, has raised a new challenge for the Church, offering the wonderful task of confronting the reality of young people, talking to them, listening to them and together with them being challenged in the light of the Gospel.
In his letter for Lent this year, Pope Francis invites us to be generous with the needy, stressing that this generosity should lead us not to give what is left over but to give of our very own. In this regard, the example set by Chuck Feeney, an 85-year-old man who donated all his possessions to charity, well represents the phrase: "He did not give the crumbs. He gave the whole bread."
Pope Francis is undoubtedly one of the greatest leaders of our time; it is impossible for a believer to understand the geopolitical and social context while ignoring his interventions. He is a profoundly innovative Pontiff who always surprises us with his teaching impregnated the "freshness" of the Gospel which frightens and shock many people.
Zygmunt Bauman, the recently deceased Polish Sociologist and Philosopher, highlighted two characteristic aspects of our society: the first is linked to precariousness: “liquid life is a precarious life and is lived in conditions of constant incertitude. The most pressing and persistent worries that trouble this life are those deriving from the fear of being taken by surprise, of not being able to keep the pace with events that move at great speed, and of remaining behind”.