In the eyes of a youth…
I recently accepted the invitation to be one of the Parish Youth Ministry heads along with other colleagues in the Parish. Aimed at reviving the spark among the Youth, three of them traveled from one school to another, from one destino to another via land or sea, with all the necessities carried in their backpacks. While i remain in the poblacion for my catechetical work.
Every saturday, we individually gather the youth ages 13-18 for orientation, getting to know the program of the parish, encouraging them to participate in the different organization in the PYM and some volunteer work.
Only a day earlier, I commented to my colleague on the weather, how i am much in doubt of their attendance for the evening activity. To my surprise they came, one by one, some in threes, others in group, despite the heavy down pour of rain and strong wind. I had to admit i underestimated them.
There is a kind of deep awe of knowing that they can be fully driven once informed.
A realization occurred to me: understanding what they can give will open up to what they are capable to receive which means opening the doors for them and giving them the place in which you want them to stay – a freeing idea, indeed!
Everywhere is home.