by Jason Molinas, Archdiocese Commission on the Youth
Over 3,000 young people from the Archdiocese of Manila gathered at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary in Makati City last weekend, November 23 to 24, to conclude the Year of the Youth with a thanksgiving and commissioning event.
INSPIRED BY POPE FRANCIS
The event, entitled “Sent! No Borders. No Limits.” was inspired by Christus Vivit. This is a document - the post-synodal apostolic exhortation - by Pope Francis in response to the Fifteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, on young people, faith and vocational discernment, held in October 2018.
Christus Vivit 177 calls on the youth to spread God’s love to everyone -
177. “Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits: he sends us everywhere. The Gospel is for everyone, not just for some. It is not only for those who seem closer to us, more receptive, more welcoming. It is for everyone. Do not be afraid to go and bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away and most indifferent. The Lord seeks all; he wants everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love”. He invites us to be fearless missionaries wherever we are and in whatever company we find ourselves: in our neighbourhoods, in school or sports or social life, in volunteer service or in the workplace. Wherever we are, we always have an opportunity to share the joy of the Gospel. That is how the Lord goes out to meet everyone. He loves you, dear young people, for you are the means by which he can spread his light and hope. He is counting on your courage, your boldness and your enthusiasm.
While Christus Vivit 245 is a call for youth leaders for the church -
245. There is also a special need to accompany young men and women showing leadership potential, so that they can receive training and the necessary qualifications. The young people who met before the Synod called for “programmes for the formation and continued development of young leaders. Some young women feel that there is a lack of leading female role models within the Church and they too wish to give their intellectual and professional gifts to the Church. We also believe that seminarians and religious should have an even greater ability to accompany young leaders”.
SENT, therefore, had the objective of motivating young people to be fearless missionaries everywhere they go - without any borders or limits.