Christus Vivit 211: Using Language

When we think about “Youth Ministry,” we can ask how we communicate with young people.

211. In this outreach, we need to use above all the language of closeness, the language of generous, relational and existential love that touches the heart, impacts life, and awakens hope and desires. Young people need to be approached with the grammar of love, not by being preached at. The language that young people understand is spoken by those who radiate life, by those who are there for them and with them. And those who, for all their limitations and weaknesses, try to live their faith with integrity. We also have to give greater thought to ways of incarnating the kerygma in the language of today’s youth.

Being preached at: the sure sign that conversation and dialogue is not part of the equation. Any other thoughts?

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation can be found on this link at the Vatican site. By the way, 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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