Sydney, Australia, Oct 17, 2007 / 11:25 am (CNA) .- â€śLet us not be ashamed of the Gospel, let us not hold back because of fear, [do not have] absurd inferiority complexes before a world that always denies God. Let us be brave,â€ť said Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
The archbishop made his comments during a Mass concluding the second day of work at a preparatory meeting for World Youth Day 2008. Addressing the more than 200 delegates from over 100 countries gathered at the event, Archbishop Rylko explained, â€śNot being ashamed of the Gospel means having the courage to speak of God to the people we encounter, even though they may live amidst indifference and superficiality.â€ť
â€śWe have nothing more precious to offer our young people who thirst for God,â€ť he said.
â€śEvangelizing is not easy and it is not only a question of the language that is used or of communication, but rather of being credible and consistent witnesses,â€ť the archbishop noted.
â€śChrist puts before us the contrast between a personâ€™s exterior and interior life,â€ť Archbishop Rylko emphasized. â€śHe who wishes to evangelize young people cannot limit himself to being a teacher but also must be concerned about being a credible witness so that young people can confront their contradictions. They ask to be continually in discussion,â€ť he said.