«Today, we are often “connected” but not communicating.
The indiscriminate use of electronic devices
can keep us constantly glued to the screen.
In a culture that makes young people isolated
and withdrawn into virtual worlds,
let us spread Jesus’ invitation: “Arise!”
He calls us to embrace a reality that is so much more than virtual.
This does not involve rejecting technology,
but rather using it as a means and not as an end.
“Arise!” is also an invitation to “dream”, to “take a risk”,
to be “committed to changing the world”,
to rekindle your hopes and aspirations,
and to contemplate the heavens, the stars and the world around you.
“Arise and become what you are!”
If this is our message, many young people will stop looking bored and weary,
and let their faces come alive and be more beautiful than any virtual reality».