We return to the Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation (which can be found on this link at the Vatican site). Today, a quote from the final document from the youth synod:
219. “Friendship and discussion, often within more or less structured groups, offer the opportunity to strengthen social and relational skills in a context in which one is neither analysed nor judged. Group experience is also a great resource for sharing the faith and for mutual help in bearing witness. The young are able to guide other young people and to exercise a genuine apostolate among their friends”.[FD 36]
The danger, of course, is the founding and encouragement of subsets within parishes and the Church. It happens significantly in high schools, and to a lesser extent in strong youth ministries and on college campuses. There should be an eye to passing young people on into the next stage, and to be sure that next stage will have something to offer them:
220. This is not to say that they should become isolated and lose all contact with parish communities, movements and other ecclesial institutions. But they will be better integrated into communities that are open, living their faith, eager to radiate Christ, joyful, free, fraternal and committed. These communities can be settings where they feel that it is possible to cultivate precious relationships.
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