In his address at the CCEE Congress on Catechesis, in Rome on 7 May 2012, Archbishop Vincent Nichols asked the question how do we best share the Gospel in Christian initiation with young people? He reminded his audience that it is the Lord whom we seek to serve, whom we seek to put forward. “So let us be constantly open to His presence, and sensitive to His promptings and call.”
The Archbishop spoke of the challenges and value of working effectively with young people. He spoke of the tension between the summons of the Gospel, and the call of a way of life which is seen, understood, developed and lived without any reference to reality of God whatsoever. However, the yearning of young people to “discover the underlying patterns and purpose of their existence and their experiences” are a source of great hope that the truths of our humanity expressed in our teaching are valid and enduring.
Speaking of the Year of Faith that commences in October 2012, Archbishop Nichols said the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is a great resource in guiding our understanding of our faith. However a challenge lies in presenting the faith in its entirety. Archbishop Nichols said that while we need to be sensitive to the age difference of our young people, we also need to be inclusive and integrated in our presentation of faith.
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