Guatemala – "Jesus, the Waze of my life": a unique experience to guide young people in their vocational choice

23 April 2019

(ANS - Guatemala City) - "We are in an educational and social situation where practically the young person does not respond to calls, but rather there are situations of stationary decisions," said Msgr. Jorge Carlos Patón Wong, Secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy. When one refers to the vocational theme, and directly to the summons to priestly life, today more than ever it is necessary to foster the "educational processes that teach young people to decide". It is for this reason that the Vocational Meetings must help to fulfill projects that favor the taking of decisions and, above all, that they listen to what God asks young people, who must not let themselves be carried away by fear.

Many young people today are afraid of commitments, especially if they are commitments for life. For this reason, the Document of the Synod of Youth emphasizes: "The concern of many Churches for the decrease in the number of vocations to the ordained pastoral care means that a new reflection on vocation and vocation ministry is necessary."

It is important to encourage young people to respond with a generous "yes" to their vocation and it is necessary to continue listening to what the Holy Father said to the young people: "Do not be deaf to the call of the Lord," and it is necessary rather to implement projects "that will help to take decisions."

In this context it is beautiful to see that the 1st National Vocation Meeting took place at the Don Bosco Institute in Guatemala City in what was a climate of fraternity and expectation on the part of the young participants.

Several young people from all over the country took part in the meeting. For some it represented a step forward in the process that started a few months ago; for others it was the first time in that group; all, however, actively participated.

Some of the contents discussed were: "Remember my guide-chaperone", a cineforum on the film Cristiada, the five vocational values, the levels of vocation (human, Christian, specific).

During the Eucharist those present were invited to seek the Lord in all living conditions. Furthermore, there were moments in which the young people had the opportunity to share their experiences in the search for the life option that the Lord proposes to them.

The National Vocational Team of Guatemala was present at the event with the aim of guiding young people and presenting their vocational and charismatic proposal.

The 1st National Vocation Meeting, which developed the motto "Jesus, the Waze of my life", (named after a well-known app for road navigation) was indeed a unique experience to guide young people in their vocational discernment and orientation.


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