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Pope Francis: Temptations faced (cont.)


Day 37: "Pope for the Day" series on "The Joy of the Gospel": Other ecclesial challenges (cont.). Reaching out to the young.

Day 37: "Pope for the Day" series on "The Joy of the Gospel": Other ecclesial challenges (cont.). Reaching out to the young.

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  • 1. Pope Francis: Temptations (cont.) From The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii gaudium) nn. 105-106 Other ecclesial challenges(cont.) Tomaz Silva ABr/Wikimedia Commons
  • 2. 105. Youth ministry, as traditionally organized, has also suffered the impact of social changes. Young people often fail to find responses to their concerns, needs, problems and hurts in the usual structures.
  • 3. As adults, we find it hard to listen patiently to them, to appreciate their concerns and demands, and to speak to them in a language they can understand. For the same reason, our efforts in the field of education do not produce the results expected. James Shaules/
  • 4. The rise and growth of associations and movements mostly made up of young people can be seen as the work of the Holy Spirit, who blazes new trails to meet their expectations and their search for a deep spirituality and a more real sense of belonging. There remains a need, however, to ensure that these associations actively participate in the Church’s overall pastoral efforts.
  • 5. 106. Even if it is not always easy to approach young people, progress has been made in two areas: the awareness that the entire community is called to evangelize and educate the young, and the urgent need for the young to exercise greater leadership. We should recognize that despite the present crisis of commitment and communal relationships, many young people are making common cause before the problems of our world and are taking up various forms of activism and volunteer work. Youth for a United World, Focolare Movement
  • 6. Some take part in the life of the Church as members of service groups and various missionary initiatives in their own dioceses and in other places. How beautiful it is to see that young people are “street preachers” (callejeros de la fe), joyfully bringing Jesus to every street, every town square and every corner of the earth! Sailko/Wikimedia Commons
  • 7. For reflection & prayer In my younger years, who were the people who patiently listened to me with an open mind and heart? How can I pass on that invaluable gift to the younger people in my life? Whether or not they choose to share some of their thoughts and dreams with me, how can I provide them with the opportunity? Father, in Baptism you once welcomed us as your sons and daughters. You will never close the door on us, because that door is the merciful heart of your Son, Jesus. Help me to wisely accompany young people through that door, so that embraced by your mercy, they can generously welcome their world in your name.