Pastoral Care of Youth
We sisters of charity care in a special way for the young; they are dear to us and are always with us in our days of apostolic activity.
We cater to their needs and share in the concern that the Church has for them, in collaboration with the Christian communities in which we live and work.
In answer to the request made by the Church to us, and to all other Institutes, to play our own role in this field, we take an active part in the pastoral care of the youth with that gospel spirit that Bartolomea showed us in her own everyday experience: in particular, by looking on the young as Jesus would do, and expressing His concern and love for them through deeds of charity.
Directions relating to formation handed down from our traditions and drawn from current documents of the Institute impel us to opt for these basic lines:
– in planning and evaluating our pastoral care of the youth, to take into account directions given in pastoral planning of the national bishops’ Conference and of individual dioceses, and co-operate actively with it, according to our charism;
– to carry out this service as a community that is kindly disposed to the young and values its own fraternal and apostolic life with that same spirit;
– in our activity, to measure up to children and the needy after the manner of Jesus, so that our experience with them may lead us on to educate the youth using methods and ‘language’ suited to all because, as Bartolomea says, “charity must reach out to all”;
– following the example of Bartolomea, to provide support and adequate formation to those who show a special bent for helping others, and are willing to undertake concrete deeds of charity;
– to take to heart the accompanying of young people, especially girls, in vocational discernment, to counteract today’s obscure identity of women and offering an alternative model in the form of religious life proper to our Institute
Our educational endeavour is determined by the specific goal we want to achieve: that the young may be favourably-disposed to an encounter with Jesus, salvation of their lives, and remain steadfastly loyal to him till they themselves become active instruments of his charity”.
Within this charismatic context, our task in the field of youth pastoral care seeks to gradually pursue the following objectives:
– to help the young develop a realistic view of both the brighter and darker side of life, with a capacity to gaze with awe and wonder at things around them: things that beckon them as signs of a still-greater mystery;
– to help them develop the capacity to relate to others, and thus to see themselves as persons-in-relation to others, who live in the dynamics of receiving with gratitude and self-giving with full readiness;
– to encourage them to devote all their energies to the One they have acknowledged as supremely true, beautiful and good and to follow him in depth, according to the rules of love, that is, of self-giving.
Along this path we lay the basis for reaching the goal and for following criteria of method and educational itineraries that are in harmony with the real life-situation of the youth: itineraries that should be periodically reviewed and evaluated.
The saints are our brothers and sisters who have welcomed the light of God in their heart and have passed it on to the world, each according to his or her own “hue”.
At the foot of the Cross : A contemplative prayer – the Cross of Christ narrates the deepest ‘wish’ of God that surpasses our every expectation and continues in time as the sign of a love that is greater than what we can ever imagine.
… even in the diversity of age and living conditions, we were united by the same passion for God and man.
The beauty of offering oneself to God and others as a response of love….
“Never ignore someone with disability, you never realize how much they can inspire you”
” I want to encourage all of you in this effort, because I know that “your young hearts want to build a better world. I have been following news reports of the many young people throughout the world who have taken to the streets to express the desire for a more just and fraternal society. Young people taking to the streets! The young want to be protagonists of change.” Pope Francis in CV 174
Each one of us has one’s own boulder, states Fr Tonino Bello, a huge rock, placed at the threshold of the soul, which does not allow oxygen to filter…
” “Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits: he sends us everywhere. He invites us to be fearless missionaries wherever we are and in whatever company we find ourselves: in our neighbourhoods, in school or sports or social life, in volunteer service or in the workplace. Wherever we are, we always have an opportunity to share the joy of the Gospel. That is how the Lord goes out to meet everyone. He loves you, dear young people, for you are the means by which he can spread his light and hope. He is counting on your courage, your boldness and your enthusiasm.” (CV 177)
Mission is something that one lives and transmits through life rather than words.
“…youth ministry should always include occasions for renewing and deepening our personal experience of the love of God and the living Christ. It can do this in a variety of ways: testimonies, songs, moments of adoration, times of spiritual reflection on the sacred Scriptures, and even an intelligent use of social networks. …” CV214