"My challenge to my dear teenage friends is: rise up and be the vibrant youth of God that you are meant to be. Rebel against the low standards set for you! Give everything to the Lord--your studies, your sports, your friendships, your dreams, your future. Do not be afraid to stand out and stand up for your faith. Be a witness by the way you talk, the way you dress, the way you study. Be an example by the friendship you offer to others, and look always to see the goodness in them. Embrace the wisdom of your parents. Respect them and submit yourself to their guidance. Cherish your family life. Take time to pray, not just externally, but entering into the deep realities of which true love relationships are made. Find in Christ and His Church the power to be saints. It is in your hands. You can be a saint, if only you will it!"
His feast day is coming up on August 14, but I read this quote of his and thought it was so inspiring to the youth of our day (to any age really). If they could only turn their natural rebellious feelings toward Christ and away from the secular world, there would be less depression, violence, and immorality. Imagine a world where the teenage population ran to Christ instead of away from him?
St. Maximilian Kolbe died young in an Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland for volunteering his own life for a fellow prisoner. Before he was imprisoned, he had harbored many Jews in his Friary from Nazi persecution. He lived during a very evil time and recognized the power in reaching out to the youth of his time. We are not living in WWII but his words are as important today as they were then.