Young People: Say "Yes" To the Lord

As we begin this month, let us unite together spiritually and pray in a special way for the Pope’s monthly intentions.

During April we pray, “That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.”

Young people are the future of our Church and of the world, without them, the Church would not survive. This is why, more than ever, we need to reflect on how we can challenge young people to be counter-cultural and say, “Yes,” to God’s calling in their lives. Pope Francis has recognized this dire need and in response announced that the next Synod of Bishops will be dedicated to, “Youth, faith and vocational discernment.” Pope Francis, in his introductory letter, invited young people around the world to “come and see” what God has in store for them.

“I would also remind you of the words that Jesus once said to the disciples who asked him: ‘Teacher [...] where are you staying?’ He replied, ‘Come and see’ (Jn 1:38). Jesus looks at you and invites you to go with him. 

Dear young people, have you noticed this look towards you? Have you heard this voice? Have you felt this urge to undertake this journey? I am sure that, despite the noise and confusion seemingly prevalent in the world, this call continues to resonate in the depths of your heart so as to open it to joy in its fullness. This will be possible to the extent that, even with professional guides, you will learn how to undertake a journey of discernment to discover God's plan in your life. Even when the journey is uncertain and you fall, God, rich in mercy, will extend his hand to pick you up.”

This month, let us not forget to pray for our young people and challenge them to say, “Yes,” to God’s call that speaks in the depths of their hearts.

- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)

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