Pope Francis has chosen as the theme for World Youth Day 2018 "Be not afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God." (Lk 1:30) The most commonly given command in Sacred Scripture is found in the words spoken here to Our Lady by the angel Gabriel: "Be not afraid!" As followers of Christ we are called to live boldly; to live unashamed; to live fearlessly for the sake of the Kingdom of God. This is a tall order. It was 2000 years ago, and it is today. We live in trying times, and for our young people, it is typically even more difficult than we can imagine to live for Christ. But through the example of Mary and the Saints, and, ultimately, with the grace of Christ, we are equipped to go out in to the world and proclaim the Gospel message without fear!