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Passing on the Faith

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As Daughters of Charity, we believe in young people and it is with enthusiasm that we greet the text of Pope Francis' recent Apostolic Exhortation, CHRISTUS VIVIT - Christ is alive! Reflecting on the Holy Father's words, we are challenged in our ministry to young people; recognising that our relationship with them is a mutual, two-way encounter.  As we nourish and mentor their faith, their development as human persons, their search to find their vocation and path in life, - we too are challenged and nourished. Let us listen to Pope Francis as he addresses Young People:

" Dear young people, make the most of these years of your youth. Don’t observe life from a balcony. Don’t confuse happiness with an armchair, or live your life behind a screen. Whatever you do, do not become the sorry sight of an abandoned vehicle! Don’t be parked cars, but dream freely and make good decisions. Take risks, even if it means making mistakes. Don’t go through life anesthetized or approach the world like tourists.Give yourselves over to the best of life! Open the door of the cage, go out and fly! Please, don’t take an early retirement.

Far from obsessively seeking new pleasures, which would keep us from making the most of the present moment, we are asked to open our eyes and take a moment to experience fully and with gratitude every one of life’s little gifts.Be open to receiving a wisdom passed down from generation to generation, a wisdom familiar with human weakness, and do not vanish before the novelties of consumer society and the market.

Today, thank God, many of you in parishes, schools, movements and university groups often go out to spend time with the elderly and the infirm, or to visit poor neighbourhoods, or to meet people’s needs through “nights of charity”. Very often, you come to realise that there is much to receive, much more than what you give. Continue to grow in wisdom and maturity as you take the time to touch the suffering of others."