Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia:
Message to the Participants of the 30th Meeting of Taizé in Geneva
Dear brothers and sisters,
I greet from the heart all of you who are
together for the thirtieth annual young adult
meeting that is taking place in Geneva this year.
Each year, the Taizé Community brings together
young Christians of Europe, making them one in
prayer and offering different topics for their
reflection. For you young people, most of the
questions regarding life are both new and urgent.
This is inevitable when one is at the beginning
of one's life. When one lacks experience, it is
easy to lose one's way while searching for answers.
But you Christians have an enormous advantage. It
is in the spring of "living water" (John 7:38),
in the enormous wealth that is the heritage of
the Church, towards which you can always turn
when you are spiritually thirsty. In no way does
this take the place of the search for truth which
is characteristic of youth and which is expressed
in the way the apostle indicates: "Test
everything. Hold on to what is good. Keep from
evil in all its forms" (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22).
And yet Christian life has a particular value
because it provides an orientation to our
seeking; it gives it a meaning; it helps us to
avoid errors that could be impossible to rectify.
The help on which a young Christian can always
count does not only come from the experience of
previous generations, the advice of those who are
older, but it lies in the living bond with God,
who "is the same yesterday, today and forever"
(Hebrews 13:8) and who is always ready to give a
liberating answer to all the most complex and
vital questions, even those which could seem to have no solution.
My wish is that all your roads, all your
searching and all your hopes may be directed
towards the source of all good things, towards
God. Remember that "whoever believes in Him will
not be put to shame" (Romans 10:11).
With love in Christ.
Source: Taizé community