Fr. Fabio’s Reflections on Preparatory Document: Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment – Part 3

During the conference from ‘Krakow 2 Panama’ held in Rome in April 2017, Fr Fabio Attard SDB was asked to share his thoughts on the third part of the Preparatory Document For The 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment”. We seriously encourage those involved in youth ministry to read his sharing as it is full of insight. The article will be split into 4 parts and we will upload two parts a week. For those who have not yet had the chance to read the preparatory document please click the following links: MalteseEnglish

Here’s Part 3 of Fr Fabio reflections on the Preparatory Document: Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment. If you haven’t read part 1 & 2, please click here.

3. Processes
A youth ministry that leaves its mark in the lives of young people is a youth that is definitely based on processes in the various places where it happens. We know that we always run the risk of limiting our youth ministry proposal built only around events. It is a constant temptation. A valuable youth ministry is inspired and guided by the belief that the constant and systematic group experience is one that ultimately leaves an imprint on the ordinary life of the young. The group experience favours an environment that educates, a community that accompanies, a proposal that supports and strengthens those small choices that every day we are called to make.

The idea of the journey, the group experience, the feeling of being identified with other young people, creates an environment in which convergence between the Gospel and culture is born. In Evangelii Nuntiandi Blessed Paul VI has identified here the central challenge, that between the Gospel and everyday life, between the Gospel and culture, defining it as “the tragedy of our time” (EN 20).

Consequently, when we talk about processes we are referring to all those places, spaces and opportunities where the group experience has the potential to gradually generate a culture of a living faith, joyful, beautiful. One way of being able to gradually interpret history in the light of the Gospel.

It is within these seemingly small processes, in a very silent manner, where the seeds of a frame of mind and belief are sown, that later find in great gatherings, like the World Youth Days, a visibility that strengthens those small moments of everyday ministry. In addition, this daily routine should be strengthened by the backbone of generosity to the poor, by the experiences of volunteering, among which we find the experience of missionary volunteering.

Let us not be misled by the false fear that can convince us that our young people are not ready to respond to demanding and solid pastoral and spiritual proposals. Rather, we must have the courage to ask ourselves if sometimes it is not us adults who project on our young people those fears that we do not recognize, let alone deal with.

Here we need to encounter the challenge of the digital world. It is prophetic how more that 40 years ago Blessed Paul VI in EN commented the issue of adaptation and fidelity of language:
Evangelization loses much of its force and effectiveness if it does not take into consideration the actual people to whom it is addresses, if it does not use their language, their signs and symbols, if it does not answer the questions they ask, and if it does not have an impact on their concrete life (EN n.63).

Fr Fabio Attard SDB

If you haven’t read part 1 & 2, please click here


(0) comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Instagram
'We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of his Paschal Mystery - the mystery of his Death and Resurrection. “We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!”' Pope St John Paul II

Wishing you all a joyful Easter!
'We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of his Paschal Mystery - the mystery of his Death and Resurrection. “We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!”' Pope St John Paul II Wishing you all a joyful Easter!
3 months ago
View on Instagram |
1/9
⚠️ Last few spots available to welcome Pope Francis on Saturday 2nd April! 
Young people, apply here 👉 popefrancis.mt/youths
⚠️ Last few spots available to welcome Pope Francis on Saturday 2nd April! Young people, apply here 👉 popefrancis.mt/youths
4 months ago
View on Instagram |
2/9
See you on Saturday 2nd April in Valletta!
✍️ Registration at the moment can be done through your local youth organisation.
See you on Saturday 2nd April in Valletta! ✍️ Registration at the moment can be done through your local youth organisation.
4 months ago
View on Instagram |
3/9
Earlier this month, the Adolescent Forum for 2022 met with Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna for the first time! 

💭 Young people, from 6 different youth groups, shared with the Archbishop their concerns about Women in the Church & the LGBTIQ community. 

Swipe for a little look into the meeting 👀
Earlier this month, the Adolescent Forum for 2022 met with Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna for the first time! 

💭 Young people, from 6 different youth groups, shared with the Archbishop their concerns about Women in the Church & the LGBTIQ community. 

Swipe for a little look into the meeting 👀
Earlier this month, the Adolescent Forum for 2022 met with Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna for the first time! 

💭 Young people, from 6 different youth groups, shared with the Archbishop their concerns about Women in the Church & the LGBTIQ community. 

Swipe for a little look into the meeting 👀
Earlier this month, the Adolescent Forum for 2022 met with Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna for the first time! 

💭 Young people, from 6 different youth groups, shared with the Archbishop their concerns about Women in the Church & the LGBTIQ community. 

Swipe for a little look into the meeting 👀
Earlier this month, the Adolescent Forum for 2022 met with Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna for the first time! 

💭 Young people, from 6 different youth groups, shared with the Archbishop their concerns about Women in the Church & the LGBTIQ community. 

Swipe for a little look into the meeting 👀
Earlier this month, the Adolescent Forum for 2022 met with Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna for the first time! 

💭 Young people, from 6 different youth groups, shared with the Archbishop their concerns about Women in the Church & the LGBTIQ community. 

Swipe for a little look into the meeting 👀
Earlier this month, the Adolescent Forum for 2022 met with Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna for the first time! 

💭 Young people, from 6 different youth groups, shared with the Archbishop their concerns about Women in the Church & the LGBTIQ community. 

Swipe for a little look into the meeting 👀
Earlier this month, the Adolescent Forum for 2022 met with Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna for the first time! 

💭 Young people, from 6 different youth groups, shared with the Archbishop their concerns about Women in the Church & the LGBTIQ community. 

Swipe for a little look into the meeting 👀
Earlier this month, the Adolescent Forum for 2022 met with Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna for the first time! 💭 Young people, from 6 different youth groups, shared with the Archbishop their concerns about Women in the Church & the LGBTIQ community. Swipe for a little look into the meeting 👀
4 months ago
View on Instagram |
4/9
Archbishop Charles J Scicluna will be leading this Lectio Divina.

We will also have time for fellowship together.
Priests will be available for the sacrament of confession throughout the evening.

mcyn.org/kelma-kellimni/
Archbishop Charles J Scicluna will be leading this Lectio Divina.

We will also have time for fellowship together.
Priests will be available for the sacrament of confession throughout the evening.

mcyn.org/kelma-kellimni/
Archbishop Charles J Scicluna will be leading this Lectio Divina. We will also have time for fellowship together. Priests will be available for the sacrament of confession throughout the evening. mcyn.org/kelma-kellimni/
4 months ago
View on Instagram |
5/9
🇲🇹 Il‑Papa Franġisku jilqa’ l‑istedina tal‑President tar‑Repubblika ta’ Malta, tal‑awtoritajiet ċivili u tal‑Knisja Kattolika tal‑pajjiż, u ser jagħmel Vjaġġ Appostoliku f’Malta u Għawdex fit‑2 u 3 ta’ April 2022. Il‑Papa se jżur il‑Belt Valletta, ir‑Rabat, il‑Furjana u Ħal Far, u l‑gżira ta’ Għawdex. Aktar dettalji jitħabbru aktar ’il quddiem.

🇬🇧 Accepting the invitation of the President of the Republic of Malta, the civil authorities and the Catholic Church of the country, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Journey to Malta from 2 to 3 April 2022. The Pope will visit Valletta, Rabat, Floriana and Ħal Far, and the island of Gozo. Further details will be published at a later stage
🇲🇹 Il‑Papa Franġisku jilqa’ l‑istedina tal‑President tar‑Repubblika ta’ Malta, tal‑awtoritajiet ċivili u tal‑Knisja Kattolika tal‑pajjiż, u ser jagħmel Vjaġġ Appostoliku f’Malta u Għawdex fit‑2 u 3 ta’ April 2022. Il‑Papa se jżur il‑Belt Valletta, ir‑Rabat, il‑Furjana u Ħal Far, u l‑gżira ta’ Għawdex. Aktar dettalji jitħabbru aktar ’il quddiem. 🇬🇧 Accepting the invitation of the President of the Republic of Malta, the civil authorities and the Catholic Church of the country, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Journey to Malta from 2 to 3 April 2022. The Pope will visit Valletta, Rabat, Floriana and Ħal Far, and the island of Gozo. Further details will be published at a later stage
5 months ago
View on Instagram |
6/9
Pope Francis is inviting all young people to the 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐛𝐨𝐧 🇵🇹 2023.

If you are interested or would like to receive more information, get in touch with us on youths@maltadiocese.org ✈️
Pope Francis is inviting all young people to the 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐛𝐨𝐧 🇵🇹 2023. If you are interested or would like to receive more information, get in touch with us on youths@maltadiocese.org ✈️
5 months ago
View on Instagram |
7/9
“This year, while we hope for new beginnings and new cures, let us not neglect care. Together with a vaccine for our bodies, we need a vaccine for our hearts. That vaccine is care. This will be a good year if we take care of others, as Our Lady does with us.” - Pope Francis, January 1, 2021

Image: Gracia Lame best! Happy New Year, from Malta Catholic Youth Network.

Image : Gracia Lam
“This year, while we hope for new beginnings and new cures, let us not neglect care. Together with a vaccine for our bodies, we need a vaccine for our hearts. That vaccine is care. This will be a good year if we take care of others, as Our Lady does with us.” - Pope Francis, January 1, 2021 Image: Gracia Lame best! Happy New Year, from Malta Catholic Youth Network. Image : Gracia Lam
6 months ago
View on Instagram |
8/9
"God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

May the celebration of Christ's coming bring to each of our hearts a new hope. 
 🌟 Merry Christmas!
"God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer May the celebration of Christ's coming bring to each of our hearts a new hope. 🌟 Merry Christmas!
6 months ago
View on Instagram |
9/9