We need a change in several areas of our Church to re-capture this generation of young people:
- We need to all evangelize. We can’t wait for others to go and get young people, we need to do it ourselves. This is the purpose of the Church – to make disciples of all nations.
- We need better Catholic parenting. Too often parents check their faith at the door. Formation of parents should be the focus of our parishes. Then they in turn can form their children. This is what the universal church has always taught – catechesis should focus on adults, not children. But, we have it backwards in our parishes.
- We need better youth ministry that is more formation-oriented. When I say formation, I do not mean more class time. Students get enough of that. But, when teaching social justice, take them to a soup kitchen. When teaching sexuality, have young married couples come talk to them. When teaching why the Incarnation is so important, bring them to Adoration. Teach them to pray. Teach them to love Jesus. Preach the Gospel, again, again, and again. I commend the youth ministries that are already doing these things, but too many are not.
- We need better campus ministries. Many campuses have nothing. Most have little. Only a few have good ministries and even these capture less than 50% of Catholics on-campus.
- We need more dynamic young adult ministries. We need something more than a singles’ group or young married couples groups. These are fine, when done well, but we need amazingly attractive programs that think outside of the box.
Aggie Catholics: Why Young Christians Leave the Faith
ottobre 16, 2011 di channelman