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[49], 96. Christus Imperat! [32] What harm this does to young people, even though some do not notice it! 14. 206. 0000714320 00000 n 119. The charism of listening that the Holy Spirit calls forth within the communities might also receive institutional recognition as a form of ecclesial service”. Think about it: if someone tells young people to ignore their history, to reject the experiences of their elders, to look down on the past and to look forward to a future that he holds out, doesn’t it then become easy to draw them along so that they only do what he tells them? She also joined the disciples in awaiting the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (cf. The ideal of beauty is youth, but we need to realize that this has very little to do with young people. 258. She was determined; she knew what was at stake and she said ‘yes’ without thinking twice. What promise is present in my heart that I can take up? Even so, there is a need to look at the ways such groups participate in the Church’s overall pastoral care, as well as a need for greater communion among them and a better coordination of their activities. Yet let me also remind you that, “when we live apart from others, it is very difficult to fight against concupiscence, the snares and temptations of the devil, and the selfishness of the world. These ways of seeking God are seen particularly in young people who are poor, but also those in other sectors of society. The Synod recognized that “albeit in a different way from earlier generations, social commitment is a specific feature of today’s young people. 105. University students can apply their knowledge in an interdisciplinary way, together with young people of other churches or religions, in order to propose solutions to social problems. “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). We need to love this time with all its opportunities and risks, its joys and sorrows, its riches and its limits, its successes and failures”.[110]. The Gospel also speaks about a group of wise young women, who were ready and waiting, while others were distracted and slumbering (cf. But what I can tell you, with absolute certainty, is that you can find security in the embrace of your heavenly Father, of the God who first gave you life and continues to give it to you at every moment. 177. 185. Young people will be all the more helpful if they feel fully a part of the “holy and patient, faithful People of God, borne up and enlivened by the Holy Spirit”, for “it will be precisely this holy People of God to liberate us from the plague of clericalism, which is the fertile ground for all these disgraces”.[60]. We have to vanish as the Lord did from the sight of his disciples in Emmaus, leaving them alone with burning hearts and an irresistible desire to set out immediately (cf. With great affection, I address this Apostolic Exhortation to all Christian young people. Andrew died uttering the name of Jesus. Christ himself is our great light of hope and our guide in the night, for he is the “bright morning star” (Rev 22:16). The experience of friendship teaches us to be open, understanding and caring towards others, to come out of our own comfortable isolation and to share our lives with others. We need to make all our institutions better equipped to be more welcoming to young people, since so many have a real sense of being orphaned. I do not want to offer you any such thing, and with great love I urge you not to let yourselves be taken in by this ideology. [78] Five Loaves and Two Fish, Pauline Books and Media, 2003, pp. 169. I have sometimes seen young and beautiful trees, their branches reaching to the sky, pushing ever higher, and they seemed a song of hope. If you are to accompany others on this path, you must be the first to follow it, day in and day out. 26. You are not up for sale! 208. On the other hand, we cannot separate spiritual from cultural formation. The Bible never ceases to insist that profound respect be shown to the elderly, since they have a wealth of experience; they have known success and failure, life’s joys and afflictions, its dreams and disappointments. Ru 4:1-17). Young people make decisions in professional, social and political fields, and in other more radical ways that determine the shape of their lives”. May all young people who are suffering feel the closeness of a Christian community that can reflect those words by its actions, its embrace and its concrete help. Don’t be parked cars, but dream freely and make good decisions. This exuberance will be tempered by time and painful experiences, but it is important for “this youthful and still untested yearning for the infinite”[160] to encounter the unconditional friendship that Jesus offers us. They forget that the lay vocation is directed above all to charity within the family and to social and political charity. Lk 3:23). This means humbly acknowledging that some things concretely need to change, and if that is to happen, she needs to appreciate the vision but also the criticisms of young people. It will not make you any younger, but enslave you instead. For this reason, the Bible also contains this piece of advice to young people: “Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth… banish anxiety from your mind” (Ec 11:9-10). 296. Don’t confuse happiness with an armchair, or live your life behind a screen. Let us draw upon some of the richness of the sacred Scriptures, since they often speak of young people and of how the Lord draws near to encounter them. The Lord seeks all; he wants everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love”. In some host countries, migration causes fear and alarm, often fomented and exploited for political ends. We have to realize that the wisdom needed for life bursts the confines of our present-day media resources. But the Lord told him not to say that (cf. The community has an important role in the accompaniment of young people; it should feel collectively responsible for accepting, motivating, encouraging and challenging them. 153. When Saint John Bosco taught him that holiness involves being constantly joyful, he opened his heart to a contagious joy. [77] Meeting with Young People in Cagliari (22 September 2013): AAS 105 (2013), 904-905. [85] Cf. The Lord Jesus grants them other gifts, which the community is called to recognize and appreciate, so that they can discover his plan of love for each of them. Here, we need to remember that God created us as sexual beings. 0000717021 00000 n [33] Document of the Pre-Synodal Meeting in Preparation for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Rome (24 March 2018), I, 1. She was energetic, ready to set out immediately once she knew that her cousin needed her. Let us steer clear of young people who think that adults represent a meaningless past, and those adults who always think they know how young people should act. Sometimes they must take on responsibilities that are not proportioned to their age and that force them to become adults before their time. 218. 0000017905 00000 n [138] Address at the Vigil, XXXIV World Youth Day in Panama (26 January 2019): L’Osservatore Romano, 28-29 January 2019, 6. They only have to be encouraged and given the freedom to be enthused about evangelizing other young people wherever they are to be found. 0000004031 00000 n 172. Your earthly father may have been distant or absent, or harsh and domineering. 4. I have been following news reports of the many young people throughout the world who have taken to the streets to express the desire for a more just and fraternal society. The youthful body becomes the symbol of this new cult; everything associated with that body is idolized and lusted after, while whatever is not young is despised. Lk 2:52). 0000017826 00000 n [164] Prayer Vigil with Young Italians at the Circus Maximus in Rome (11 August 2018): L’Osservatore Romano, 13-14 August 2018, 6. He turned his gaze to the future, entrusting himself into the Father’s safe hands in the strength of the Spirit. Sometimes mentors are put on a pedestal, and when they fall, it may have a devastating impact on young people’s ability to continue to engage with the Church. It will not necessarily be what is most expensive or hard to obtain, but what we know will make them happy. [8] Hence we can understand why, when he returned from his pilgrimage to Jerusalem, his parents readily thought that, as a twelve-year-old boy (cf. 0000006269 00000 n Since this is a very personal decision that others cannot make for us, it requires a certain degree of solitude and silence. May the Holy Spirit urge you on as you run this race. We need only find the right ways and means to help them embark on this precious experience. Open or download a pdf of the full, original document Christus Vivit. But the right side of the tapestry displays a magnificent story, and this is the side that God sees”. Nor is this the only sin of the members of the Church; her long history is not without its shadows. This healthy restlessness typical of youth continues to dwell in every heart that remains young, open and generous. Esta dirigida a todo el Pueblo de Dios, pero especialmente a los jóvenes. The same thing can happen to a couple married for many years, or to a monk in his monastery. Young bodies are constantly advertised as a means of selling products. Consequently, youth ministry should always include occasions for renewing and deepening our personal experience of the love of God and the living Christ. And when you arrive where we have not yet reached, have the patience to wait for us”.[164]. For two thousand years she has advanced on her pilgrim way, sharing “the joys and the hopes, the grief and anguish”[57] of all humanity. 181. Jesus can bring all the young people of the Church together in a single dream, “a great dream, a dream with a place for everyone. No one should be excluded or exclude themselves”.[111]. They should respect the freedom that comes with a young person’s process of discernment and equip them with tools to do so well. The document can be found at: As I have said, I do not claim to be exhaustive in this analysis. I think of Saint John of the Cross, who wrote in his Spiritual Canticle that everyone should benefit from his spiritual advice “in his or her own way”,[87] for the one God wishes to manifest his grace “to some in one way and to others in another”.[88]. Let us also keep in mind that Jesus had no use for adults who looked down on the young or lorded it over them. I would now like to speak of vocation in the strict sense, as a call to missionary service to others. They spread their branches without being firmly planted, and so they fell as soon as nature unleashed her power. 121. In the words of the Swiss Bishops: “God is there where we thought he had abandoned us and there was no further hope of salvation. 268. 75. 1723 0 obj <> endobj xref If we are indeed convinced that the Holy Spirit continues to inspire vocations to the priesthood and the religious life, we can “once more cast out the nets” in the Lord’s name, with complete confidence. Nature holds a special attraction for many adolescents and young people who recognize our need to care for the environment. Because he did not only come in the past, but he comes to you today and every day, inviting you to set out towards ever new horizons. “The Lord speaks to us in a variety of ways, at work, through others and at every moment. At fifteen years of age, having overcome many difficulties, she succeeded in entering the Carmelite convent. He even compares himself to a lover who goes so far as to write his beloved on the palm of his hands, to keep her face always before him: “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands!” (Is 49:6). Because he loves you. Perhaps your experience of fatherhood has not been the best. At the same time, their faith and their sense of being part of the Church grow stronger. [140] SAINT PAUL VI, Encyclical Letter Populorum Progressio (26 March 1967), 15: AAS 59 (1967), 265. We will take up some of them in the following chapters. I have let myself be inspired by the wealth of reflections and conversations that emerged from last year’s Synod. He said he wanted something more, but when Jesus asked him to be generous and distribute his goods, he realized that he could not let go of everything he had. 254. In discerning your vocation, do not dismiss the possibility of devoting yourself to God in the priesthood, the religious life or in other forms of consecration. At the same time, since I do not want to neglect that reality, I will briefly summarize some contributions received before the Synod and others that I heard in the course of our meetings. Here I am not referring to family problems but to something experienced by boys and girls, young people and adults, parents and children alike. For most young people, that house, their life, will be built on marriage and married love. Faithful friends, who stand at our side in times of difficulty, are also a reflection of the Lord’s love, his gentle and consoling presence in our lives. [107] What can we teach them? [101], 187. 251. Today, in fact, we see a tendency to “homogenize” young people, blurring what is distinctive about their origins and backgrounds, and turning them into a new line of malleable goods. We also see how a certain kind of advertising teaches young people to be perpetually dissatisfied and contributes to the throwaway culture, in which young people themselves end up being discarded. With him at our side, we can drink from the true wellspring that keeps alive all our dreams, our projects, our great ideals, while impelling us to proclaim what makes life truly worthwhile. God may be offering us something more, but in our comfortable inadvertence, we do not recognize it”.[158]. Many of them are young. This does not mean having to agree with everything adults say or approving all their actions. 29. Youth is not something to be analyzed in the abstract. Drawn to the Father, he grew up concerned for his affairs: “Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Lk 2:49). By saying to her: “Young girl, get up (talitha cum)”, he made her more responsible for her life, opening before her the door to youth. Prayer enables us to share with him every aspect of our lives and to rest confidently in his embrace. Youth ministry, when it ceases to be elitist and is willing to be “popular”, is a process that is gradual, respectful, patient, hopeful, tireless and compassionate. Indeed, “the digital environment is also one of loneliness, manipulation, exploitation and violence, even to the extreme case of the ‘dark web’. [137] Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, 11. Mt 13:52). Because the worst fall, and pay attention to this, the worst fall, the one that can ruin our lives, is when we stay down and do not allow ourselves to be helped up”.[67]. [54] Address at the Opening of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (3 October 2018): L’Osservatore Romano, 5 October 2018, 8. “Drawing together creates the conditions for the Church to become a place of dialogue and a witness to life-giving fraternity”. As a great poet put it: “If to regain what I regained, I first had to lose what I lost; If to achieve what I achieved, I had to endure what I endured; If to be in love now First I had to be hurt, I consider what I suffered well suffered, I consider what I wept for as well wept for. 202. The Church is young when she is herself, when she receives ever anew the strength born of God’s word, the Eucharist, and the daily presence of Christ and the power of his Spirit in our lives. Even if you make mistakes, you can always get up and start over, for no one has the right to rob you of hope. Lk 2:41-51). Here I would point out that it doesn’t take much to make young people missionaries. We do well to remember the words of an Old Testament sage: “My child, treat yourself well, according to your means, and present your offerings to the Lord; do not deprive yourself of a day’s enjoyment, do not let your share of desired good pass by” (Sir 14:11.14). “The digital environment is characteristic of the contemporary world. “We are saved by Jesus because he loves us and cannot go against his nature. Finally, there is a third truth, inseparable from the second: Christ is alive! 0000008335 00000 n [126] Christ warned us not to see only the good grain (cf. At every moment in life, we can renew our youthfulness. [35] They can make us forget that life is a gift, and that we are creatures with innate limits, open to exploitation by those who wield technological power. I am free! 102. Your vocation is something more: it is a path guiding your many efforts and actions towards service to others. God loves you. To be able to generate a “popular” ministry to youth, “they need to learn to listen to the sense of the people, to become their spokespersons and to work for their promotion”. 86. 61. [146] Meeting with Volunteers, XXVIII World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro (28 July 2013): Insegnamenti 1, 2 (2013), 125. Young people are no longer children. Open the door of the cage, go out and fly! Misunderstood for her demeanour, her actions and her way of living the faith, Joan was burned at the stake. He is the source of youth at its best. “Trust the memory of God: his memory is not a ‘hard disk’ that ‘saves’ and ‘archives’ all our data. A mentor should therefore nurture the seeds of faith in young people, without expecting to immediately see the fruits of the work of the Holy Spirit. Young people are naturally attracted by an infinite horizon opening up before them. [23] BENEDICT XVI, Message for the XXVII World Youth Day (15 March 2012): AAS 194 (2012), 359. 271. [110] EDUARDO PIRONIO, Message to Young Argentinians at the National Youth Meeting in Cordoba, (12-15 September 1985), 2. In these three truths – God loves you; Christ is your Saviour; he is alive – we see God the Father and Jesus. [5] Catechism of the Catholic Church, 515. Young people need to be approached with the grammar of love, not by being preached at. The young Ruth was a model of generosity in remaining beside her Don’t let that happen to you! His self-sacrifice on the cross is so great that we can never repay it, but only receive it with immense gratitude and with the joy of being more greatly loved than we could ever imagine: “He loved us first” (1 Jn 4:19). Instead of “overwhelming young people with a body of rules that make Christianity seem reductive and moralistic, we are called to invest in their fearlessness and to train them to take up their responsibilities, in the sure knowledge that error, failure and crisis are experiences that can strengthen their humanity”.[127]. In that same century, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, a young native of North America, was persecuted for her faith and, to escape, walked over three hundred kilometres in the wilderness. Those young people who are not believers, yet wished to share their thoughts, also raised issues that led me to ask new questions. What is going on in their lives? It is worth your every effort to invest in the family; there you will find the best incentives to mature and the greatest joys to experience and share. 0000769573 00000 n His forgiveness and salvation are not something we can buy, or that we have to acquire by our own works or efforts. 94. This gives greater value to everything you do. The text can be found at: [125] “Popular” leaders, then, are those able to make everyone, including the poor, the vulnerable, the frail and the wounded, part of the forward march of youth. With Christus vivit, it is important that church leaders, catechists, educators, and parents continually engage young Catholics on the issue of migration; helping them to form a worldview informed by Catholic teaching and which expresses a welcome attitude toward migrant populations is important. Since he refused, he was shot with arrows, yet he survived and continued to proclaim Christ fearlessly. 0000768728 00000 n 220. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive … Jesus, himself eternally young, wants to give us hearts that are ever young. In many of them, we encounter a deep desire to live life differently. I ask young people not to expect to live without working, depending on others for help. Together, we can learn from one another, warm hearts, inspire minds with the light of the Gospel, and lend new strength to our hands. Christus Vivit (Christ is Alive) SUMMARY Apostolic exhortations, like Christus Vivit is, are generally letters to the whole world on a specific theme. All should regard us as friends and neighbours, like the apostles, who “enjoyed the good will of all the people” (Acts 2:47; cf. You can become what God your Creator knows you are, if only you realize that you are called to something greater. Whereas if you simply copy someone else, you will deprive this earth, and heaven too, of something that no one else can offer. You will not experience them by accumulating material objects, spending money, chasing desperately after the things of this world. 109 7 SERUAN APOSTOLIK PASCASINODE CHRISTUS VIVIT DARI BAPA SUCI FRANSISKUS BAGI SEMUA ORANG MUDA DAN SELURUH UMAT ALLAH 1. 2. I need to ask myself what is it that the other person is trying to tell me, what they want me to realize is happening in their lives. All such mentors should benefit from being well-formed, and engage in ongoing formation”.[134]. Or we can spend our youth aspiring to beautiful and great things, and thus store up a future full of life and interior richness. They do not want to see a Church that is silent and afraid to speak, but neither one that is always battling obsessively over two or three issues. “We can remind today’s young people, who have their own blend of heroic ambitions and insecurities, that a life without love is an arid life”. “No one is worse than one who is grudging to himself” (Sir 14:6). You are priceless. Why should we not speak of Jesus, why should we not tell others that he gives us strength in life, that we enjoy talking with him, that we benefit from meditating on his words? They provide an extraordinary opportunity for dialogue, encounter and exchange between persons, as well as access to information and knowledge. [160] ROMANO GUARDINI, Die Lebensalter. Without the wisdom of discernment, we can easily become prey to every passing trend”. In others, perhaps, a great need to communicate. He himself “created sexuality, which is a marvellous gift to his creatures”. Jesus knows and appreciates this ultimate intention of the heart. 97. Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (24 November 2013), 44-45: AAS 105 (2013), 1038-1039. [18] Address at the Vigil with Young People, XXXIV World Youth Day in Panama (26 January 2019): L’Osservatore Romano, 28-29 January 2019, 6. You are the ones who hold the future! We also believe that seminarians and religious should have an even greater ability to accompany young leaders”. %PDF-1.4 %���� 252. But opposed to these hopes and dreams that generate decisions, there is always the temptation to complain or give up. [52] Letter to the People of God (20 August 2018), 2: L’Osservatore Romano, 21-21 August 2018, 7. 298. 64. 43. Youth is more than simply a period of time; it is a state of mind. Recalling this truth, the Second Vatican Council noted that, “enriched by a long and living history, and advancing towards human perfection in time and the ultimate destinies of history and of life, the Church is the real youth of the world”. [96] For “it is in giving that we receive”. 91. [126] Cf. [65] Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (24 November 2013), 1: AAS 105 (2013), 1019. Saint Paul said that his life was one of complete trust in that self-sacrificing love: “I now live by faith in the Son of God who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20). 190. Saint Paul invites us to strip ourselves of the “old self” and to put on a “young” self (Col 3:9-10). This helps us to grow in the virtue of prudence and to give an overall direction to our life through concrete choices, in the serene awareness of both our gifts and our limitations”. I ask young people to let themselves be inspired by this vast majority. Though our faith is as small as a mustard seed, God will give it growth and use it as an instrument for his work of salvation”. 66. Christ is alive! Between these two accounts, we find another, which shows Jesus as an adolescent, when he had returned with his parents to Nazareth, after being lost and found in the Temple (cf. In the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate, I spoke in rather general terms about discernment. [69] BENEDICT XVI, Encyclical Letter Deus Caritas Est (25 December 2005), 1: AAS 98 (2006), 217. The language that young people understand is spoken by those who radiate life, by those who are there for them and with them. SECOND VATICAN ECUMENICAL COUNCIL, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verbum, 8. We are sent today to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to a new age. In the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi, these experiences can be a real initiation into the school of universal fraternity and contemplative prayer. But the only follow-up to this is a series of “formation” meetings featuring talks about doctrinal and moral issues, the evils of today’s world, the Church, her social doctrine, chastity, marriage, birth control and so on. In all of this, we can find real starting points, inner resources open to a word of incentive, wisdom and encouragement. We need them! 288. 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