Sister Lola Arrieta, Carmelite Sister of the Caridad de Vedruna

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The text of Sr. Lola Arrieta, Carmelite Sister of the Caridad de Vedruna, expert in the accompaniment of young people is availble in PDF here.

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Msgr Oscar Cantoni, Bishop of Como

18 April 2017 |by cceesitesAdmin | 0 Comments | Texts, 29.03

SANTA MESSA PER LE VOCAZIONI – OMELIA

L’espressione finale del Vangelo di oggi: “Non cerco la mia volontà, ma la volontà di Colui che mi ha mandato” (Gv 5, 30), mentre richiama la totale, docile sottomissione filiale di Gesù dal Padre suo, ci assicura che per ogni discepolo del Signore, compiere la volontà di Dio, e quindi seguire la propria chiamata secondo il suo volere, è il modo migliore per conformarsi a Gesù, che fu obbediente e fedele al Padre fino alla fine. Pregare per le vocazioni significa innanzitutto questo: chiedere al Signore Gesù di aiutare i suoi discepoli a diventare come Lui: servo obbediente del Padre e quindi dei fratelli.
Accompagnare i giovani nel non facile discernimento vocazionale è un compito esaltante, tanto più quando si tratta di aiutarli a seguire Gesù nella vita consacrata o nel ministero ordinato. Per questo, noi oggi eleviamo al Padre, unendoci alla preghiera del Figlio suo, la nostra supplica, animati dal soffio dello Spirito Santo: “manda, Signore, apostoli santi alla tua Chiesa”.

Perché l’Europa ritrovi una rinnovata giovinezza dello spirito e riscopra i valori fondamentali che hanno caratterizzato il suo progetto fondativo, fondato sulla dignità trascendente dell’uomo, sulla difesa di valori quali la libertà, la giustizia, l’amore alla famiglia, il rispetto della vita, la causa della pace, c’è bisogno dell’impegno attivo e responsabile di tutti i cristiani.  C’è bisogno anche di consacrati e consacrate, che vivano di profezia, pronti a testimoniare che la fraternità è possibile, che la accoglienza dei poveri, dei profughi, dei migranti si può realizzare, che la solidarietà nasce dalla capacità di donarsi agli altri per amore di Gesù. l’Europa ha ancor più bisogno di sacerdoti che guidino con saggezza, e non da rassegnati, il popolo di: Dio e aiutino a riscoprire la dimensione trascendente della vita, dal momento che l uomo europeo non può bastare a se stesso, né’ può accontentarsi di uno stile di vita fondato troppo spesso solo sul benessere materiale.

Pregare per le vocazioni al sacerdozio significa riferire ai chiamati di oggi la stessa missione che Dio ha affidato al popolo di Israele, esiliato in Babilonia, ripreso nella prima lettura di oggi (Is 49, 8-9), quando il Signore Dio ricorda di averlo formato e stabilito come strumento di salvezza. La chiamata di Dio al ministero si traduce sempre in una missione di servizio a vantaggio degli altri. Inoltre la parola di Dio puntualizza lo scopo preciso di chi è chiamato: quello di ” far risorgere la terra,” cioè di promuovere nel nostro mondo, dominato dall’egoismo, una nuova umanità, capace di solidarietà e di impegno verso gli altri. La missione dei sacerdoti è quella di partecipare alla liberazione dell’uomo dalle tante moderne schiavitù, di dire ai prigionieri (del potere, delle mode, delle varie dipendenze, “uscite!” e a quelli che sono nelle tenebre, cioè privi della luce liberante del Signore risorto: “venite fuori!”. È’ una missione che invoca per tutti un “supplemento d’anima” che solo Dio può offrire e che noi però possiamo domandare con insistenza, appunto attraverso la nostra costante, umile e fiduciosa preghiera.

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Msgr Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg

18 April 2017 |by cceesitesAdmin | 0 Comments | Texts, 29.03

ACCOMPANIMENT OF A PERSON THROUGHOUT LIFE

My task in introducing the accompaniment of persons from birth to death is both easy and very complicated at the same time. It is easy because the mission of the Church for such an accompaniment is self-evident …. So the difficult task lies on giving a framework and showing some new aspect in this regard. I would like to speak out of my experience having worked at Sophia University in Japan where I had the chance of being a priest with students, professors, employees, alumni etc.

Allow me to quote the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius at the beginning: the first preamble of the first contemplation of the second week: “to remember the story I have to contemplate: Here, the three divine Persons looking over the whole universe, filled with people. And seeing all of them descending into Hell, they decide in their eternity that the Second Person should become man in order to save mankind.”

This is the mission the Church shares with Christ; help that people be saved. As a bishop, a priest or a lay person, I have to work for the salvation of the people we meet and God makes us to meet.

Let me start my narration with the struggle for life. One of our students got pregnant ….. the family wanted the young woman to have an abortion. In many conversations we could convince the student to keep the baby; this was not only my work, but a common work with all of her friends … community work … later on I could become godfather of the son who got born. Caring for life at the beginning sometimes means caring for the unborn life …

I had the chance of baptizing every year some of my students. With time I noticed that a good number of them had been in a catholic kindergarden, originally fourded by nuns of different congregations but now very often under the care of devoted lay women. They used to sing some catholic hymns like “Mariasama no kokoro” … “the heart of Lady Mary” … they experienced that song as an expression of great piety. They learned to make their heart silent and speak with Jesus. As young students they still had a longing for this original piety and they got curious about God and Christianity.

How often could I meet with parents and appreciate their love for their children … the values they have transmitted not so much through words but through daily family life. How could I have spoken to my students about God being a father without the love of their families. If we look back to our own stories of faith we very often have to go back to our families.

What a joy introducing the little ones to Holy Communion … to see how children can grasp a mystery … how the little hearts can be filled with big love and devotion …

The difficulties to keep faith in puberty … when the ego is in revolt against any kind of authority including religious authority … what a pleasure to have priests who can be friends … who can understand the revolt without sharing it.

I shall not speak about youth … there will be other occasions in this meeting …

Marriage … what a wonderful step to true love. The marriage preparation team in our St Ignatius Parish was composed by priests, nuns, married couples … who could share their own married life … as a priest I was clearly at the learning side … the whole joy of preparing the wedding ceremony. I must inform you about a Japanese particularity: a Church blessing for non-christian couples … It is a good example that our pastoral care has to be for Christians as well as for non-christians … to be missioned for the salvation of the people who cross our path.

Let me introduce the pastoral care for our former students. In Japan there are many group for women … men are more often absent in our Churches in Japan because they have to work, and on Sunday they have to sleep … otherwise they cannot survive. One parish priest had the fantastic idea of opening a bar in Shinjuku where men, tired of their work, can come late in the evening to have a drink … and to be able to speak with this priest … speaking about their frustration at work. From my own experience I can relate that conversations with men in between 30 and 50 years of age which included topics like couple problems … no sexual intercourse anymore because of their tiredness after work … their feeling estranged from their wife … not having much time for real communication …  their frustration of having no time for their children, their temptations of suicide … so many white collar workers who really belong to the poorest of the poor.

And after retirement the difficulty of having to form again a family … the feeling of uselessness.

When serious illness threatens: help people to face death … be at the side of the persons in their loneliness of old age and death.

In my diocese I sometimes feel that the Church organizes the liturgies or the sacraments … but we lack the pastoral care for people, we lack in humanity … in brotherly love. If we consider that the Second Person of the Holy Trinity became man for the salvation of people … do we not need to become more human in order to be more like God …

To accompany human persons means to love them, to give them all of our human affection without depending on their response … to give without taking the freedom away for people … to empower them.

We need a lot of respect for the people we have the chance to accompany. Christ precedes us is in their culture, their life, their heart.

We need a lot of humility … because we know that God does not love us more than them.

We have to help them to go forward in the path of their life which is a path where they are first accompanied by Christ. Faith is a dynamic concept: we have to help people to progress in faith. Here I would like to stress the concept of discernment …. To take the best possible decisions … and every best possible decision is a step to meet the Fountain of all … to accept and to collaborate with our salvation.

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Witness – Young Greek-Catholic Seminarian

29 March 2017 |by CCEE Media Office | 0 Comments | Texts, 29.03

Good morning! My name is Mate Szaplonczay. I am a Greek Catholic seminarist from Hungary. This is my last year in the seminary, so I am in the beautiful situation of being still accompanied and of having to be ready for accompanying others at the same time. I consider the accompaniment to be very important in general and in my personal life as well.

I am sure that my balanced relationship with God, and my vocation are thanks to the Holy Spirit, to God’s mercy, and to the people who accompanied me during my whole journey. I would like to talk briefly about my good experiences and thoughts about accompaniment.

I will try to organize them in some points.

  1. The first is the importance of listening. Young people desire to be listened and to be asked about their opinions. They can be very creative and they have some really good suggestions. Here I would like to say thanks to CCEE for their kindly invitation, I am glad to be here with the other young speakers to share our experiences with you. I think CCEE did a good work, since I am convinced that, when we are talking about accompaniment of the youth we should invite them to the discussion. I am sure that the session of “Good practices” tomorrow morning will be also a great open-space for us to learn from each other.
  1. So, my second point is about the good examples. When we talk about accompanying young people, we should keep in mind, that examples are always more important than any words. I will never forget what people said about Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop of Genève: “If the bishop is so good, how good can be the God”. He was a living example of God’s love. For the youth I think not the words what are counting but the acts and things behind them.
  1. Support

Sometimes it seems to be not efficient to accompany a young person without the support of their relationships. Most of the cases in the contemporary Europe the family background doesn’t help youth to find the true meaning of their lives. It might be because there are more and more wounded families, or, for example in the post-soviet countries like Albania or Hungary a whole generation grew up without religion. Since not all the schools are religious, we have to create good parish groups and communities, where they can find precious friends, with whom they can support each other to a better way. I’d like to notice here, that the disciples of Emmaus were two of them, and I suppose they supported each other.

  1. Go where they are

Don Bosco said: “Consider important what they think to be important, and then they will consider important what you think to be important.”

It is very rare that a young person goes to the church or to a religious communion by his own. We have to go among them. We have to go out, we have to go and bring the message of Jesus to others – as Pope Francis said explaining that the Good News is meant to be shared, not stored away. I would like to tell a good example to you. There is an initiation in Hungary called Central Point (Közös Pont). This is an ecumenical mission of the Catholic Church in cooperation with the Lutheran and Calvinist Churches, which is about pre-evangelization on the bigger music festivals. There are at least eighty-hundred thousand young people on these festivals, and we created a space where they can come in anytime, and where they are listened. When I first participated in this mission I was surprised how many of them came in to talk. Most of the incomers were atheist or indifferent, and we had a lot good experiences. Some of them came back in the following years, there were some who told that they were looking for this tent directly. There I was able to feel what pre-evangelization means.

  1. Common Work

My personal experience is that work can bring people closer to each other. I am happy to see all the initiatives which involve volunteers. I and other young people tend to say that we are exhausted and overloaded. But don’t believe us! We have a lot of power and fuel inside, we are just lazy sometimes. But if we discover our stores, we will admit that these opportunities are important and precious, because all the youth can have a common goal to achieve, and the team-work can make them feel that they are connected, and that they have responsibilities for each other. I have a good example of my area in this topic: the Camp Saint Damien. The story of it goes back to the 90’s, when several seminarists decided to pray for disabled people together every day of the year. A few years later they organized a camp for 20 disabled children, and by now we have more than 200 disabled participants each summer with the help of more than 400 volunteers, who are not only take part in the Camp on the summer, but during the whole year there are weekly praying occasions for the participants.

  1. Personal care

Each young person is unique and all of them need a special care. They can feel if it doesn’t come from your heart. A good human relation is necessary for the accompaniment. Let me cite Don Bosco again: “Young people must not only be loved; but they must know they are loved”.

Conclusion

An other quotation which – I think – summarizes very well the meaning of accompanying young people:

“For you I study, for you I work, for you I live and for you I am willing to give my life.” (Don Bosco)

At the end of my speech, I’d like to quote the sentence of the disciples of Emmaus:

“Were not our hearts burning within us, while he talked with us?”

May the Holy Spirit help us to get the heart of the youth burning within them!

Thank You for listening!

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Witness – Young Woman form Albania

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Sono felice di essere in mezzo a voi e dare la mia testimonianza. Mi chiamo Jona. Sono cresciuta in una famiglia musulmana. La mia nonna aveva una grande fede in Dio e pregava ogni giorno. Lei è stata la prima persona che mi ha parlato di Dio. Cosí ho cominciato a conoscere Dio ed a pregare da quando ho avuto tre anni. È interessante il fatto che la mia nonna era musulmana ma mi parlava di Dio come se fosse una fedele cattolica. Mi diceva sempre che Dio era un Padre che mi amava e che Lui non mi avrebbe mai abbandonato. Lei, senza saperlo, con le sue parole e con il suo amore, mi ha dato un’ importante testimonianza di fede cattolicà. A volte penso che il suo cuore già conosceva la verità di Dio, quella verità che non aveva avuto la possibilità di conoscere direttamente. Dico così perchè sono sicura che Gesù Cristo ha abbracciato ogni cuore umano di quelli che sono vissuti nel passato, di quelli che vivono oggi e di tutti quelli che vivrano nel futuro.

All’età di sei anni i miei genitori mi hanno iscritto nella scuola cattolicà delle suore del “Sacro Costato”. Così è iniziato il mio viaggio di fede. Ricordo con nostalgia il giorno in cui sono entrata per la prima volta nella scuola. Era un ambiente sereno. Appena sono entrata ho visto una grande croce. La seconda cosa che mi ha colpito era la stanza piena di bambini felici che ridevano e giocavano; c’erano tanti giocattoli e bei disegni fatti dai bambini. Una suora mi ha abbracciato e mi ha preso per mano a mostrarmi gli altri ambienti. Non ho mai dimenticato il suo sorriso. Mi sono sentita a casa.

Durante gli anni di studio pregavo tanto, quasi ogni giorno, nella cappella della scuola, ed ho cominciato piano piano a conoscere la fede cattolica. Le suore mi hanno dato un grande esempio di fede e anche di servizio e amore per gli altri. Noi studenti eravamo tutti come i loro figli. Crescendo in un ambiente cattolico, ho realmente capito cosa vuol dire essere rispettata e mi sono sentita rispettata. Ho imparato che ognuno deve essere amato, nonostante la sua condizione o i suoi sbagli, perchè ognuno è un figlio amato da Dio, ognuno ha un’unica identità. Ho imparato a vedere gli altri come fratelli e sorelle e anche ad amarli. Ho vissuto la forza e la infinita gioia che viene dalla preghiera: esperienze che poi mi hanno accompagnato per tutta la mia vita.

Le suore mi hanno accompagnato per nove anni della mia vità, dall’asilo fino al liceo. Loro sono state per me la mia seconda famiglia. Con loro frequentavo il catechismo, pregavo, ridevo, ballavo, cantavo e giocavo ogni giorno. Con loro ero felice. La cosa più importante di questo viaggio di nove anni é il fatto che io mi sono sempre sentita libera di essere me stessa, e anche amata senza condizioni . Durante questi anni ho imparato il valore e l`importanza dell`amore vero e puro, di quell’amore che non conosce limiti e condizioni umane.

Ho frequentato il liceo in una scuola dei Gesuiti. Gli esercizi spirituali, la santa messa e la preghiera erano diventati cibo per la mia anima. Sopratutto le frasi del Vangelo mi riempivano di profonda gioia, di amore per gli altri e di un grande coraggio nei confronti della vita.

Ho continuato cosí per i quattro anni di liceo. Nel 2011 ho cominciato l’Universitá e contemporaneamente è iniziato un periodo difficilissimo della mia vita: per la prima volta mi sono arrabbiata con Dio, ho smesso di pregare e non sono più andata in chiesa. Ho trascorso quattro anni nel buio, senza luce. Un giorno, dopo tanto tempo, sono andata a visitare le suore della scuola dove avevo studiato per nove anni. E` stato un momento chiave nella mia vita. Loro erano le stesse di sempre. Mi hanno abbracciato con amore e grande gioia. Dopo l’incontro con le suore, ho ricordato tutto: le messe e le preghiere vissute insieme, i giorni pieni di felicità. Quei ricordi sono stati una candela di luce in mezzo al buio profondo. Dopo tanto tempo, mi sono rimessa in piedi, per pregare. Ho capito che tutto quello che stavo ricordando aveva un solo nome: si chiamava amore. Tutta quella storia era la mia storia d`amore. Durante quel lungo e triste periodo, Dio stava scrivendo una storia d’amore per me. E questo, Dio lo fa con tutti. Lui ha una speciale storia d’amore con ognuno.

Da quel giorno, ho cominciato a leggere il Vangelo e ad andare in chiesa per pregare. Spesso durante la preghiera mi veniva un grande desiderio di ricevere il Battesimo. Era come una chiamata, una richiesta che veniva dalla profonditá della mia anima ma, a causa della famiglia e della mentalita` che esiste nel mio paese, non avevo il coraggio di accettare ciò che il mio cuore cercava e desiderava.

Un giorno, in un incontro di giovani, alla S.Messa, mi hanno incaricato di leggere questa preghiera: “Dio, fá che la luce che hai acceso in noi con il Battesimo, non si spenga mai, da nessuna difficoltà, ma sempre splenda per te”. Dopo questa preghiera, mi sono sentita fortemente convinta di voler ricevere il Battesimo, soprattutto ero convinta che Dio voleva farmi un grande regalo, ed io gli volevo fare una promessa per sempre, con il mio Battesimo.

La Domenica di Pasqua dello scorso anno, ho ricevuto il Battesimo e la Prima Comunione. Da quel giorno la mia vita é totalmente cambiata. Il buio é scomparso. La luce di Cristo ha riempito la mia vita. Ho cominciato a camminare con Gesù ogni giorno, facendo dei piccoli passi. Il Vangelo mi riempie ogni giorno di gioia e di felicitá profonda. Nel Vangelo ho trovato le risposte che cercavo per la mia vita. La santa Messa e la preghiera mi riempiono di profonda pace spirituale. Attraverso i Sacramenti della Sua Santa Chiesa, Dio mi ha fatto il regalo più grande che un Padre possa fare alla sua figlia: una nuova vita!

I cambiamenti sono venuti gradualmente, con il tempo, ma ciò che Dio mi ha regalato attraverso lo Spirito Santo, é la forza e il coraggio di cambiare.

Quello che vi voglio comunicare é che Dio continua a parlarci ogni giorno. Noi dobbiamo solo ascoltarlo. Lui non si stanca mai di dirci che ci ama.

Per me, vivere la fede cattolica, significa vivere ogni giorno una promessa d’amore. Con la croce di Gesù noi abbiamo una promessa d’amore, per sempre! Una promessa fatta dal Padre per tutti i suoi figli. Io, sempre, quando faccio il segno della croce, ricordo questa promessa. Gesù ha vinto sulla morte per dirci che l’amore di Dio sempre vincerà! Il suo amore é l’unica realtá che vincerá. Noi sappiamo questo con sicurezza, perché Gesù stesso lo ha dimostrato.

Allora, se realmente viviamo e abbracciamo forte questa promessa, ogni momento della nostra vita sará riempito di gioia vera e pura, gioia che viene solo da Dio.

Con Gesù possiamo sempre ricominciare di nuovo. Con Lui possiamo cambiare, trasformarci e anche rinascere in una nuova vita. Lui é nato perché noi possiamo rinascere di nuovo.

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Witness – Young Student from the Netherlands

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My name is Simon Janssen, I am 21 years old and I am from the Netherlands.

I would like to share with you my experiences and my vision on accompaniment of the youth in the Catholic Church, and in specific in the Netherlands. I would like to do that in three points. Firstly, I would like to tell you about the situation of the Church in the Netherlands. Next, I would like to share about my life with Christ and the Church so far and I would like to close with my vision and recommendation on accompaniment of the Youth.

  1. The situation of the church in the Netherlands.

I’d like to start with some numbers. In 1975, 38% of the Netherlands was Catholic,

these days, 23% of the Dutch citizens calls themselves Catholic, but less than 1% of the Dutch citizens visits the Church weekly[1]. When I sit in Church and look around, I see mostly grey hair, or no hair at all. Parishes are being merged and the Catholic youth day is, for now, not being organised because of lack of income(and interest).

Nevertheless, some great activities are organised by several different communities and organisations. Such as the teen summer and winter camp of the charismatic renewal, the eastern trilogy and others

  1. My experiences in the Dutch Catholic church.

I was born and raised in a catholic family. Evening prayer, going to masses on Sundays and attending catholic summer camps was normal. In my young days, I knew two things; 1. masses were boring; especially until I did my first communion; it was the one hour being punished even though I did nothing wrong. However, after my first communion it was more easy for I was helping the priest on the altar and I could walk around during masses. The second thing I knew was that my catholic parents weren’t crazy. So even though I was not doing much with it I knew there was a God and it was not weird to believe in him.

As I became 13, i went to a Teen summer camp organised by the Catholic Charismatic renewal. It was my first encounter with non-pipe organ Christian music, but also my first encounter with personal prayer. People shared what God had done in their lives and for the first time I was invited to make a personal decision to be open to God. During adoration I told Jesus in a very simple prayer; Lord, I want to walk with you, show me what is good. In response God gave me so much happiness in my heart that I knew that it was good.

Although my own parish didn’t organise much in the church, from this day on I started to attend and organise all sorts of catholic activities. Every summer I went to the same camp, and in December I went to the winter version of it. For my parents were in the Emmanuel Community I also attended monthly weekends, and later I started organising them. Every of these activities helped me in four ways: Building catholic friendships by doing crazy stuff (like walking in the forest form 23.00 to 03.00 and getting lost), getting input on several subjects, especially the controversial subject like ethics and theology of the body. Also, the couple that was responsible was interested in everyone and very open. This way I felt really welcome the way I am. And last but not least: The sacraments and prayer time. We had praise, adoration, Priere du freres, possibility to confess and daily masses.

These four things were very important to me.

  1. The friendships helped me to realise that although, I was the only catholic in high school, I was not alone. These open warm friendships helped me to be myself and I could really rely on my friends, for I knew that we were living the same things. It even got me and my friends to start a catholic praise band.
  2. input: At the Camps, or the weekends, we had input about different subjects. This information helped me to understand my own faith, but also to defend it when it was attacked, for example in school.
  3. At every weekend or camp, there were people that were not especially responsible for something. They were only there to talk. Whenever you had questions; about faith, about sex, about life or about friendships, they were open for a conversation, and these conversations were confidential. This helped me so much to understand things in my own life. How to implement my faith in daily life
  4. Prayer and the sacraments: it learnt me to pray when i was at home, it gave me great joy to praise together or to celebrate mass together and it gave me so much grace.

After this high school, I attended a gap-year program with the Emmanuel community: the Emmanuel school of mission. The most important thing for me is that I was invited to share my faith, in the streets, in classrooms and with other events. To completely strange people I shared how God touched me, and that made it easier for me to share the same to people that are standing nearer to me.

Now, I’m studying in Nijmegen, which has a very good catholic student group, and I am a member of the Emmanuel community. This is a commitment members retake every year. This brings me to my last point: inviting and inviting for commitment. I was welcomed in the Emmanuel Community, and after several events, I was asked to commit and to help out in the community.

So now I have a household; a prayer and sharing group in the community, and I have accompaniment. A one hour talk with someone from the community(also laity). This person helps you to realise where you are standing in your faith and relationship with Christ, but does not give you advice. He (for males) can be seen as a mirror.

I like points; so here is my 6 point recommendation for accompaniment of the youth.

  1. we need strong examples; we need to see our parents, accompinateurs, priests, brothers and sisters loving God and we need them to be enthusiastic about Jesus. It shows us that, although the world tells us differently, we are not crazy.
  2. We need friendships: people around us that we can rely on, talk to, share our difficulties with and just to have fun. For me when I was sixteen, this helped me to not get drunk with my friends from school, but spend the weekend learning to play praise songs together and sharing about my faith.
  3. We need Input: we need information about our faith, about how we can explain catholic teaching and so much more. As I said, this helped me to defend and explain my faith, but as I understood more, It helped me in growing in faith.
  4. We need to talk: We need to share our difficulties with persons with experience in life and in faith. As it may be a lot of questions when we are young, later; it becomes a mirror where it can help us to see where we are standing and how our relationship with God is doing.
  5. We need prayer and the sacraments. We need to learn to pray, to learn to make time to pray and we need the grace given by God in the sacraments; especially in mass and in in the sacrament of reconciliation.
  6. we need to be invited to go to activities that help us grow in faith, and if we are invited, we need to be invited to commit. We live in a society where commitment is rare, because the youth thinks that commitment makes you less free; instead they need to be invited to give themselves in the parish, in communities or at activities to see that commitment gives you so much more.

So i’ll repeat the six points:

Examples, friendships, input, talking, prayer and sacraments and we need to be invited, and be invited to commit.

If you have any questions, I’ll be very happy to answer them.

Thank you very much.

[1] Kaski Radboud University

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Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Vice-President of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference

18 April 2017 |by cceesitesAdmin | 0 Comments | Texts, 29.03

HOMILIA

El texto bíblico que acabamos de proclamar en esta oración de alabanza matutina nos habla del amor de Dios, un amor tierno y apasionado por su pueblo. Este amor suyo llega hasta el extremo al enviarnos su Hijo al mundo, venido en carne, despojándose de su rango y rebajándose hasta lo último en una muerte como la de la Cruz. No cabe más amor. Por eso, aquí está la clave de todo: acercarse a Cristo, encontrarse con El, llevar a los hombres, a los Jóvenes, hasta El, llevarles a la luz que es Cristo. El que es la Luz y la Verdad, ha venido para dar testimonio de la Verdad, que se realiza en el amor, un amor sin medida como el de Jesús: la verdad de Dios y la verdad del hombre. Nada de lo humano le es ajeno a El. Es la clave para ver y comprender esa gran y fundamental realidad que es el hombre. No se puede comprender y ver al hombre hasta el fondo sin Cristo. O más bien, el hombre no es capaz de verse a sí mismo, de comprenderse a sí mismo hasta el fondo y llegar a ser lo que es y está llamado a ser hasta el fondo sin Cristo. No puede entender quién es, ni cuál es su verdadera dignidad, ni cuál es su vocación, ni su destino final. No puede ver y entender todo esto sin Cristo. Y por esto no se puede excluir a Cristo de la historia del hombre en ninguna parte. Excluir a Cristo de la historia del hombre es un acto contra el hombre; la historia de cada hombre se desarrolla en Jesucristo; en El se hace historia de salvación, historia del amor de Dios en favor del hombre.

Todo hombre,- también el hombre roto de hoy, las nuevas generaciones -todo lo humano, la cultura y las culturas en las que se expresan las búsquedas e inquietudes de la humanidad – también la cultura quebrada de nuestra época- están hechos para el encuentro con Cristo, y sólo en Cristo podrán encontrar el camino de la realización plena de la propia humanidad. El mundo actual necesita ver; son muchos los hechos, las corrientes de pensamiento en la cultura dominante, los comportamientos de los hombres que están expresando que el mundo necesita ver, que reclama una profunda reconstrucción para que pueda tener otras miradas que le conduzcan por sendas de humanidad verdadera. Los países de vieja tradición cristiana, la vieja Europa necesita de una inmensa tarea de reconstrucción. Esta reconstrucción ha de empezar por la recuperación de la persona humana. La clave para esa recuperación es el encuentro con Jesucristo, el Redentor del hombre, el que nos guía y nos hace participar de la verdad que libera. De ahí que urja el encuentro personal de los jóvenes con Cristo, y así habrá esa reconstrucción tan necesaria como urgente y por ello la necesidad apremiante de una nueva evangelización de los jóvenes de hoy que les conduzca a ese encuentro con Cristo.

Por ello la reconstrucción de un mundo humano y la evangelización son como dos caras de la misma realidad. No habrá reconstrucción sin una nueva evangelización y al revés, una evangelización que no generase una humanidad nueva, una nueva cultura no sería una evangelización verdadera. Urge el que las nuevas generaciones vengan al encuentro con Cristo, para hallar el verdadero, el pleno, el profundo significado de ser hombre o el profundo significado de palabras y realidades tan claves como paz, amor, justicia. La tarea es enorme, pero tenemos todos los motivos del mundo para la esperanza: en medio de la gran dificultad del momento, el drama del corazón humano permanece ahí, y ese corazón humano está hecho para el encuentro con Cristo, sus ojos están hechos para ver la luz y abrirse a la verdad, que es Cristo, el corazón del hombre, el corazón del joven están hechos para ese encuentro, para que vea y siga a Cristo.

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