If you are interested in Youth Ministry and other topics in this document, remember the Holy Father’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation can be found on this link at the Vatican site. Meanwhile, a few thoughts on service:
225. Christian service represents a unique opportunity for growth and openness to God’s gifts of faith and charity. Many young people are attracted by the possibility of helping others, especially children and the poor. Often this service is the first step to a discovery or rediscovery of life in Christ and the Church. Many young people grow weary of our programs of doctrinal and spiritual formation, and at times demand a chance to be active participants in activities that benefit others.
In schools I’ve seen there have been great stride made in the past two generations on this. Public schools may well have surpassed Catholic institutions in some places. And it is true that many people, not just young ones, like the hands-on aspect of helping others.
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