38. Those of us who are no longer young need to find ways of keeping close to the voices and concerns of young people. “Drawing together creates the conditions for the Church to become a place of dialogue and a witness to life-giving fraternity”.[FD 1] We need to make more room for the voices of young people to be heard: “listening makes possible an exchange of gifts in a context of empathy… At the same time, it sets the conditions for a preaching of the Gospel that can touch the heart truly, decisively and fruitfully”.[Ibid, 8]
I dojn’t think there’s any quibbling over the importance of listening to young people. This is a part of the monastic tradition. It can be more of a practice in parishes. If a community isn’t hearing young people, or they find themselves wrapped in silence when they sit where they think they might hear something, it’s likely a situation in which the young have been alienated. Some gesture will be needed.
Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.
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