Christus Vivit 84: Starting Points For Future Believers

Where others might see a none, the Holy Father discerns seeds that, if nurtured, might net a full-fledged disciple. Are ordinary Catholics prepared to look deeply?

84. In some young people, we can see a desire for God, albeit still vague and far from knowledge of the God of revelation. In others, we can glimpse an ideal of human fraternity, which is no small thing. Many have a genuine desire to develop their talents in order to offer something to our world. In some, we see a special artistic sensitivity, or a yearning for harmony with nature. In others, perhaps, a great need to communicate. In many of them, we encounter a deep desire to live life differently. In all of this, we can find real starting points, inner resources open to a word of incentive, wisdom and encouragement.

It is the task of believers to seek out these people, to note the desire, fraternity, talents, gifts, and other qualities. In order to do that, we actually need to get to know young people and befriend them. It’s not something a program can do for you. And it’s too important to leave in the hands of clergy and “professional” Catholics.

Remember that you can access the full document on this link at the Vatican site. Meanwhile, any thoughts?

The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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