The Courage to Be Happy
By: Pope Francis Robert Ellsberg
"Who would have predicted, in our digital age, with so many competing voices, that an octogenarian pope would emerge as an important voice for young people today? Why are young people so drawn to him? As these talks and writings reveal, his secret is his ability to cut to their hearts and speak to their one, perennial desire: happiness. How are they to find it? The Pope answers that on nearly every page of this sparkling book, to different audiences and from different angles. It's only in Christ, he says, that you will 'find fulfilled your every desire for goodness and happiness.' Give this book to any young person you know and show them the most effective way to happiness." --Brandon Vogt, author of Why I Am Catholic and Content Director at Word on Fire Catholic Ministries
Nowhere does Pope Francis's exuberance and outgoing personality seem to come more alive than in the company of young people. That vitality, tenderness, and love is on display in this comprehensive collection of his talks with young people around the world. Constantly he exhorts his “dear young people” to “have a deep spirit,” “to dream of great things,” to have “the courage to be happy.” His encouragement also comes with a challenge: "Go against the current; and this means making noise. Go ahead, but with the values of beauty, goodness, and truth.”
Included here are his talks with young people in Rome and in his travels throughout the world, including World Youth Day gatherings in Rio and Krakow, his annual Youth Day messages, and preparations for the upcoming Synod on Youth. But there are also spontaneous encounters and intimate conversations, in which he shares personal reflections on prayer and faith. Here is the essential Pope Francis—rooted in the Gospel, looking to the future with hope and love.