April 11

Much to be learnt. Much to be done

Up to the age of twelve, I found church services, catechism classes (and priests in general) extremely boring. We boys did all we could to cut catechism classes. We went to church because our families made us to, not because we found it appealing. Most priests were not approachable, not did they help us youngsters to find religion attractive. All this changed only after I came to the Salesian school.

Today, a number of priests do make Jesus and his message appealing to the young. So, too, there are excellent religious (sisters and brothers) as well as lay apostles who conduct great programmes for youth. One of the very good things happening now is peer ministry by youth. There are young people who conduct very good programmes, including retreats, for teenagers and youth.

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Fr Joe Mannath SDB

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