The Word of the Young and the Journey of the Church

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The Word of the Young and the Journey of the Church

The Word of The Young and The Journey of the Church

An invitation of the Synod to renew our Youth Ministry


By Prof. Don Rossano Sala SDB

15 September 2018

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The Word of The Young and The Journey of the Church

An invitation of the Synod to renew our Youth Ministry


By Prof. Don Rossano Sala SDB


I start with an overview of the ongoing process of the Synod, which is in various ways involving young people and adults at various levels. The Synod, as a "journey together", wants everyone to have a voice and a word. Then I broadly outline the basic document of the synodal works, or the Instrumentum laboris: it is a decisive tool for taking stock of the situation of the universal Church on the themes of the Synod. Thirdly, I present one of the chapters of the Instrumentum laboris (the fourth part of the first part), which offers us a look at some anthropological and cultural challenges that we face today in a moment of epochal change, and that actually condition the exercise of our educational and pastoral work. Then I arrive at the central point of my presentation, namely the needs of the young, which for us also represent the voice of God in the history of humanity: their anguishes, their criticisms, their proposals which are the appeal of the Spirit, who also speaks through them and asks from us a spiritual, pastoral and missionary conversion. Then I address a specific theme, which I consider to be strategic nowadays, that of the digital world. Finally I conclude by presenting some proposals for the renewal by focusing on three key words of the next Synod: discernment, vocation and accompaniment.