Never have the young people been
confronted with so many moral obstacles as today. The widespread diffusion of
drugs, alcoholic beverages at every party, suicide rates skyrocketing, the easy
accessibility and exposure to the ravenous wolf of pornography, marriages
terminating in separations and divorces—all these phenomena and much more is
the reality of the young today.
What can we do to support the young
in this difficult environment in which they are forced to grow and mature? Is
there anything that we can do to protect, safeguard and support the young
against so many minefields that can explode in any moment? We will offer five short but important
PRAYER. Prayer can move mountains, heal the sick,
and even raise the dead. Now more than ever we should lift up our hearts and
souls to God to save the young!
GOOD EXAMPLE. Jesus said that He is the Light of the world.
But He also said that we are called to be the “light of the world”. In the
Baptism ceremony the Paschal Candle is lighted the whole time. The parents or
godparents—after the child is baptized—lights the small candle from the big
Paschal Candle. The meaning? Adults are
called to radiate the light of good example to the child and the young. May we
be shining lights in the path of our young people!
GIVE GOOD ADVICE. Many young people walk through life like a
dog without a master, a ship with no port, an arrow with no target, a chicken
with his head cut off, or even like a dog running after his tail. In other words, they have no
orientation. As adults we should impart
to the young especially an explanation as to the meaning of life. What is the meaning of life? Here it is! God is love; He created us as an act of love;
He loves us infinitely; He desires that we correspond by loving Him in return
by obedience to His Commandments and service. He wants us to be with Him
forever in Heaven. May our advice always
be pointing the young to Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
CORRECTION. Fraternal correction is a dimension of
love. In one of his messages for Lent, Pope Benedict XVI insisted on the importance
of addressing the wrong by fraternal correction. If a house is on fire we cry
out, “Fire!”. If there is a dangerous
animal approaching on the prey to devour we cry out “danger”! If a meadow-patch
is full of poison-ivy, we warn our friends to avoid walking there. Therefore, we must warn, admonish, and
correct young people when they are making wrong decisions. A timely word of correction can prevent a
moral catastrophe that could have repercussions a whole life-time!
INTRODUCE THEM TO JESUS. One of the principal purposes of World Youth
Day, started by Blessed Pope John Paul II, was to introduce the young people to
the greatest person that ever walked on planet earth---JESUS CHRIST! As adult believers in JESUS CHRIST we should
not be ashamed of Jesus—otherwise, He will be ashamed of us on the Day of
Judgment. On the contrary, Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth
speaks.” It should be our most ardent
desire to make Jesus known, especially to the young people of the world. Andrew
could not keep the treasure of friendship to himself; he had to introduce his
brother Peter to Jesus. Consequently this bond of friendship was established.
Jesus is not loved because He is not known. May we make Him known to the whole
world but especially to the young people.
Let us turn to Saint John Bosco, the patron of the youth, and beg him
for the grace to convert the young to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary!