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Introibo ad altare Dei. R: Ad Deum qui lætificat juventutem meam. (Beginning of the Traditional Latin Mass) “I Will go in to the altar of God! R: To God, Who give joy to my youth!”
The Good Youth Secret
From left to right and the top line to bottom: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati; S. Tarcisium; the American Catholic pro-life Jéssica Council and her family; Sta. Maria Goretti; S. Josemaria Escrivá in his youth; the little Big Sta. Tereza deTherese of Lisieux; Sta. Bernadete; S. Maximiliano Kolbe; Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Good Counsel of Genazzano; Fr. Demétrio Gomes celebrating in Carmelo de Montes Claros/MG; Servant of God Carlo Acutis; bottom, Bto. Izidoro Bakanja - o “Martyr of the scapular”; the brilliant Catholic Writer G. K. Chesterton, still skinny on 1898; the beatiful Bta. Elisabeth da Trindade; S. Domingos Sávio; Sta. Gemma Galgani; Lúcia, Francisco e Jacinta (shepherds of Fatima); The little Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI); Bta. Alexandrina de Balazar; Fechando, Joseph Sarto (Pope Saint Pio X) in his childhood (very rare photo).
he Blessed Virgin Mary, by the Angel’s Annunciation (Luke 1, 26-38), received the highest task for a creature, when She still was a teenager. Our Lord taught the teachers in the temple (Luke 2,46) when He was a Child! The religious or marriage vocation is usually perceived very early. The Holy Church, in its history, is full of Young martyrs, saints, virgins, confessors... And we also see several examples of Young people on the Sacred Scripture. You that are reading this catholic booklet is also young, or at least has a young soul. So, has already concluded something? Yes, that’s right! God makes to us the call to follow Him, love Him and serve Him from an early age, already in the youth! Well, it is fashionable, year of WYD 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. We’ve heard it so much...
There is need to tell something more? Yes, there is still a need to tell the essential: among the various challenges faced by Catholic youth, all of them can be summarized in one: to be sanctified!
“Just be sanctified? What do you mean?”
Much talk about the evangelization of young people and for the young, but the true evangelization will only be effective with the preaching of “Sanctity”. A glass can only spill what is full; we can only transmit what we have. The efficacy of the apostolate depends on the inner life with Christ. That is, a life of prayer, love, worship and knowledge of Him. Mortification and self-denial for Him in the pursuit of perfection together with His Mystical Body, the Church of two thousand years!
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Without Divine Grace, the Sacraments (Confession and Holy Mass), the virtues (Faith, Hope, and Charity above) and no tune with the Holy Scriptures, the Tradition and Magisterium of the Church, it is infeasible true sanctification and evangelization. You need to be in a deep union with Christ to produce good fruits, otherwise, we can even “handstand” and ride the circus, but will be an announcement empty of the Truth of the Gospel. An advice to many youth groups: the “hype” of this groups can’t worth without the Catholic doctrine and spirituality.
II – To a secularized and anticlerical society:
“But, aren’t you being too radical?”
Oh... IF that is what you understand, I say: is that what really converts, the rest doesn’t works. The pursuit of a holy life is always seen as “radical”. But, what about the Crucified? Know, what have conquered so many youth saints in the course of the Church without counting the “radicalism” of Christ and those who followed Him! What is beautiful and pleasant attracts... Many are attracted by one fashion or another, but only what is a true conquest! We can do a thousand things to “attract” or “distract” the Young in the churches, but what will conquer they, in fact, for God, is the Truth of Christ and His Church, of course, of course with the testimony of this, without abandoning the Cross. Looking at the photos of the beginning of this Pugna, ask: What is common among young people that are so different, who lived in different places and times? If we check their lives, we will see the radical love to Christ, in order to dedicate and sacrifice for Him and for the others; worship (zeal) the Blessed Sacrament and the filial devotion to the Virgin Mother of God. That’s the beautiful of Catholicism, that’s the secret to the sanctification of youth! III – For the Peter Pan syndrome, which makes many teens make things like a little child, even in faith:
Three answers that young catholics will give:
I – To a world that trivializes more and more affective relationships:
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