May the Peace of Christ be with you as you continue the ministry and mission of Saint John Bosco (feast day: January 31) to accompany young people in faith.
Here we go with another set of weekly news items to assist your ministry with pertinent information and formation.
- David Brooks, of the New York Times, recently reminded us all that Students Learn From People They Love. Always remember when sharing faith with young people in a gathering of 100, or a class space of 20, or a work project of four – which pretty much describes my schedule yesterday – to place the quality of relationships at the center of your evangelization and catechesis.
a key job of a school is to give students new things to love — an exciting field of study, new friends. It reminded us that what teachers really teach is themselves — their contagious passion for their subjects and students. It reminded us that children learn from people they love, and that love in this context means willing the good of another, and offering active care for the whole person.
- My friend Marisa posted over at Project YM and challenged us all to imagine the March for Life as something beyond a once-a-year event on the streets of Washington DC or a large March in some other metropolitan cityscape . Being Pro-Life can be found in the in the small steps of the individuals you encounter in your daily ministry.
- Last week, I sat down with a potential donor who might fund our local participation in the National Day of Youth Ministry Training. If you have not seen information on this just yet, I invite you to take a good look at the opportunity for training, ecumenical interaction, and support for your volunteers that download youth Ministry is bringing together for us all for this upcoming September.
- Michael Sanem recently wrote on the Millennial blog about Flannery O’Connor’s The Displaced Person. In the midst of the abuse crisis, we find great discomfort as outside events and people seem to impact our environments can cause questioning of our own position and role.
Finally, exhausted by the complications that the displaced have brought into her life, she exclaims: “He didn’t have to come in the first place.” The priest replies: “He came to redeem us.” In listening to the victims and their terrible stories of injustice, perhaps we too can be redeemed and can come to realize that our picture of the world, however comfortable and coherent, was incomplete. More importantly, the degree to which we have been deaf to the cries of the victims is the degree to which we have been deaf to the call of Christ.
- Sunday morning, Pope Francis made concluding remarks to those gathered for World Youth Day in Panama. You, dear young people, are not the future. We like to say, “you are the future”. No, you are the present. You are not the future of God, you young people are the now of God. He invites you and calls you in your communities and cities to go out and find your grandparents, your elders; to stand up and with them to speak out and realize the dream that the Lord has dreamed for you. All of the Holy Father’s WYD Panama addresses can be found here.
- Finally, where what’s been making me happy… the opportunity afforded me by the occasion of the commemoration of the day of my birth to just sit with children and grandchildren – Always a blessing.
God bless you for all that you are doing to serve the Lord and ministering to our next generations – those that Pope Francis describes as the “now of God.”