Here is the full audio of part one of Pope John Paul II's speech to the young people of St. Louis on January 26, 1999:
and here is the text, so you can read along:
Dear Young People of St. Louis,
Dear Young People of...
We all have been wounded, not only by other people but also by the ‘stuff of life’ that we go through every day; this prayer can help you to experience some healing. As you pray this prayer, allow God to bring to the surface some of your hurt and pain – so that you can forgive those who have hurt you, so that you might become aware of any ways you need counseling or spiritual direction, and so that ultimately you can experience God’s Healing Love more fully than ever.
As you get ready to speak on any upcoming retreat, I’d encourage you to keep in mind that your talk is the most important talk of the retreat – for at least one person who will be there (and possibly for many others).
If this thought makes you a bit nervous, that’s not a bad thing. As my father-in-law used to say to me, when I asked him for prayers for an upcoming talk, “If you weren’t nervous, I would be.” Being somewhat nervous is a good thing; it’s a sign of humility and an expression of our awareness that we desperately need God’s help, since without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).
The Lord has you going on this retreat for a specific reason. You have something unique to offer that only you can bring, and at least one person desperately needs to hear what you have to say.
What’s the most influential thing you’ve ever read (whether that be a book, an article, or some other kind of essay)? Some sort of document that majorly changed the course of your life?
Come up with anything? Maybe you did. How about this: who was the most influential teacher you had in school? I’m sure a face and a name immediately flashed across your mind. That’s because it’s people and relationships that make the biggest impact in our lives.