Reflections" regarding THE PATH TO COMMUNION (continued)
Spirit of Love!
Come that we may be one, as the Father and You
One united through our
Young people, the hope of the future
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
It is the young people of the world which gives
Our Holy Father points out that it is
Young people of every age are searching for the TRUE MEANING OF LIFE.
It is for this reason that the Synod Fathers remind us that their
That youth ministry MUST BE one of the first concerns of our pastors and communities.
Pope John Paul II states that many youths, in their search for the true meaning of life are "...thirsting for God but quite often they lack the conditions needed to take advantage of their abilities and realize their aspirations."
|Many of our young people today
feel frustrated because they may
difficult to find employment or prospects for the future appear
These feelings may lead our young people to
withdrawal and depression, or actually acting out with violence
Many times these feelings lead to their
abandoning their search for God,
thinking He does not really exist!
That is why our Holy Father
stresses the importance of the
CHURCH IN AMERICA
being "committed to maintaining her pastoral and missionary commitment to young people so that they will encounter the LIVING JESUS CHRIST!"
"Let the children come unto Me., and do not hinder them;
The Synod Fathers
acknowledge that throughout many parishes
there are many others,
is why it is definitely important
The Synod Fathers believe "There is need for pastoral outreach to young people wherever they are found: in schools, universities, the workplace, the countryside, with appropriate adaptation to their particular inclinations" or personal likings.
At the diocesan level, pastoral outreach
should be encouraged.
In this outreach peers or people so trained, would seek out the youth and engage them in discussions making sure that programs already established between various local dioceses, and internationally, are being utilized.
Unfortunately, Our Holy Father observes that today, as in the past, there are "those youths who do not grow out of their adolescent attitudes and find it difficult to take on serious and lasting responsibilities."
In response to this lack of maturity,
and Christian married life."
Be assured that the
youth in America are
Our Blessed Mother's