" Faith is a gift of God, faith is a relationship with Christ Jesus, and following Jesus in faith means walking at his side in the communion of the Church."
The homily of Pope Benedict XVI reiterated these points during the concluding Mass of World Youth Day.
"Growing in friendship with Christ necessarily means recognizing the importance of joyful participation in the life of your parishes, communities and movements, as well as the celebration of Sunday Mass, frequent reception of the sacrament of Reconciliation, and the cultivation of personal prayer and meditation on God's word.
Friendship with Jesus will also lead you to bear witness to the faith wherever you are, even when it meets with rejection or indifference. We can not encounter Christ and not make Him known to others. So do not keep Christ to yourselves. Share with others the joy of your faith. The world that needs the witness of your faith surely needs God."
Pope Benedict XVI
August 21, 2011