Tuesday, June 18 2024

When we see the enthusiasm of young people develop into pastimes without
fun, into activities that do not build up and into relationships that
consume instead of enriching, we run the risk of falling into pessimism.
“Today’s young people are worthless” is a sentence we can sometimes hear
from who has surrendered to the defeat of humanity.

Yet, there have been and there still are many daring young people, full of
desire to take action and ready to give themselves to others.

Some examples of young people who have been able to transform their daily
lives into masterpieces are presented in the book Diary of Happiness.

Stories of young people in search. A journey to the center of the human

(published by Mimep Docete, price 8 euros, written by Sister Dolores Boitor
and Cecilia Galatolo, laywoman, author of two other books we have written

You were born original, don’t live as a photocopy


I didn’t know, but I was waiting for you


“Diary of happiness”: a book that instills hope

Dead at an early age, but having lived their short lives in the service of
others, these teenagers are now reference points for many peers in
different parts of the world. We are talking aboutblessed Chiara Luce Badano,venerable Carlo Acutis, Matteo Farina and Angelica Tiraboschi, all joyful witnesses of a happiness
that does not depend on circumstances or what you have, but on the state of
health of the soul.

The book presents four invented diaries, written however on the basis of
real events, actually pronounced phrases, funny or touching anecdotes about

Alongside each diary there is the biography of each one. What unites them
is the acceptance, humbly and with confidence, albeit with efforts, of the disease that
has affected them, seeing it as “transitory” and capable of leading them to
the goal of life without end. As their bodies were
suffering, their souls were singing.

Special and normal teenagers at the same time

Exceptional in their simplicity, the protagonists of this book (for whom
the process of canonization by the Catholic Church is underway) show that
it is not necessary to go to India or Peru to “become as the saints”: one
can do good even in everyday life.

The four teenagers of the book found the meaning of life intruly loving their family and friends, indoing volunteer work, insharing their belongings with the poor, in listening attentively to those who were close to them.

They understood that the mission of loving awaited them exactly where they
were, with the people they met in their “here and now”.

Young people who encourage us to aim high

If we don’t know how to find happiness, we can end up filling our days with
things that anesthetize us, that silence that annoying inner voice that
tells us: “You are a masterpiece and you have to do beautiful things to
feel good”. So, these stories sting, have the power to
shake us, to awaken a wonderful restlessness, to make us ask ourselves if
we are wasting our time. Chiara, Carlo, Angelica and Matteo invite us to
make courageous, authentic, heroic choices even in the most apparently
banal occupations… they show us that we are in the world to transform
reality, instead of surrendering to it. And, that we must want happiness,
rather than just desire it.

The world needs witnesses more than teachers, as Pope Paul VI claimed. We
do not need someone who will tell us “literally” what we should do with our
lives, but rather someone who we can imitate, someone we can take as a
model of “a good life”.

That’s why, if we are pessimists, discouraged, we don’t believe in our
qualities, we actually do not love life, this very brief booklet is for us:
let us be infected by the mysterious “joy” that these very normal and
extraordinary young people had and try to imitate them and spread the good
around us…


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