Today’s Youth, Hope for the Future of the Church

This article reminded me of why I have spent my life teaching young people.  Record numbers of kids and young adults are heading overseas to Madrid for World Youth Day at the end of this month!  Currently, an astounding 29, 437 young pilgrims from the U.S.A. have made their reservations to attend.  World Youth Day was started by Blessed John Paul II back in 1985.  Pope John Paul II knew just how important our youth are to the future of our Church.  He related to these young people (and old people too, for that matter) so very well.  He created this special event in order to meet with young people from all over the world, to pray with them and to form a connection.

Everyday, I have the privilege of working with young people.  Many of them are undeniably faith-filled and are such an inspiration!  There is a lot of evil and tragedy in this world in which we find ourselves these days.  “Take courage … Don’t be afraid,”  said the Lord. (Matthew 14:27)  Here in our own community, there  is a resurgence of young adults, committed to fully living their Catholic Faith.   Their example is a living testament to Life, to Faith and to Truth.  These wonderful young people give me great hope for the future!

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
Psalm 31:23-24

About danardoyle

I am a Catholic, working wife and mother. I have three children ages 10, 16 and 23. I am extremely busy, as you can imagine. I aim each and every day to put God first in my life, to teach my children the Faith, to be a supportive spouse, keep the house in order, and do my job outside of the home well, too. That's an impossible task - without Divine intervention! Here, I hope to share my triumphs and struggles with other working moms in the same boat. I will share the tools I have discovered to making it all work - most days!
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4 Responses to Today’s Youth, Hope for the Future of the Church

  1. maggie says:

    I love WYD! I went with three of my siblings to the one in Toronto. My husband and I thought about going to Madrid (his aunt lives there), but even with family helping, we thought it’d be too big of a trip with a one-year-old.

    I think it’s awesome you love working with youth. Definitely takes a special person.

    • danardoyle says:

      You are very lucky to have gotten to attend the one in Toronto! What a blessing! You’re right. It might be a tough flight with a one year old. There will be time for big trips again, but now is the time for you to take care of that precious little one!

  2. pattyabr says:

    I went to WYD in 1993 when it came to Denver. I was still a “youth” being in my 30s and it was in my hometown. My daughter was 2 years old at the time. She left yesterday for Spain WYD with a group from her college. I am so excited for her. She told me that all the participants will be “consecrated” by Pope Benedict XVI which is the first step to sainthood. That is cool! As the song lyrics go, “Go make a difference in the world.” Let’s keep them all in our prayers for happy, memorable and safe travels.

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