103. In this chapter, I have taken time to look at the reality of young people in today’s world. Some other aspects will be dealt with in the following chapters. As I have said, I do not claim to be exhaustive in this analysis.
A word to those who are sincere in their desire to be with young people, and encourage them:
I encourage communities to examine, respectfully and seriously, the situation of their young people, in order to find the most fitting ways of providing them with pastoral care.
Most often, ministry to young people is compartmentalized and isolated from the mainstream. Too often the reaction by older adults is, “Whew!”
At the same time, I do not want to end this chapter without addressing some words to each of you.
I think Pope Francis is sincere in his willingness to reach out.
104. I remind you of the good news we received as a gift on the morning of the resurrection: that in all the dark or painful situations that we mentioned, there is a way out. For example, it is true that the digital world can expose you to the risk of self-absorption, isolation and empty pleasure. But don’t forget that there are young people even there who show creativity and even genius. That was the case with the Venerable Carlo Acutis.
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