You have seen them. You know the teens and twenty somethings that are sporting the large print graphic t-shirts and wearing the jeans with the holes worn in them. They are looking the part of the edgy generation, but in reality they are part of the growing population of the sold out younger generation of Orthodox Catholics. At event after event this past year, I see more and more young people embracing the Liturgy of the Hours, daily Mass, recitation of the Rosary, the use of Latin Mass parts, silent time in prayer, mission trips, forms of chant and Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. What an exciting time to be involved in youth ministry in the Catholic Church. Young people are drawn to something that in reality draws us all – a desire for a deeper communion with Christ. They are finding it in the rich tradition of our faith.
This generation seems oblivious to scandals and any bad press the Church might endure. They are rising above the fray and simply being faithful. They view the Church as the place where the real presence of Christ dwells and they are committed. From intense moments of praise to silent moments of awe – they are embracing much of what the Church is offering. Is your parish embracing this emerging generation? Are you offering a place where they can feel at home, pray and find a true communion. The schools, ministries and parishes that are offering opportunities for these teens and young adults to thrive are finding it impacting them in positive ways. Catholic Colleges like Fransciscan University of Steubenville and Benedictine College have become magnets to this growing generation within the Catholic Church in America. Ministries like FOCUS, NET and even Life Teen with our missionaries are attracting this new generation willing to take up the call to be missionaries, to be radical and to be dynamic Catholics!
What is your take, are you seeing what I am? Any Thoughts?