Guatemala - "PROVOCA": vocational campaign to create a vocational culture

30 January 2018

(ANS - Guatemala City) - Finding one's own vocation is an issue that concerns every human being. From an early age, you have to set off on this task, discover your gifts, find what you like to do, understand what our place in the world.  Specialists in the education of young people, Salesians are committed to creating a vocational culture and, beginning this 2018, have started the campaign for vocations; it's called "PROVOCA."

Launched in the Salesian houses of Central America, the campaign will focus on three important aspects. The first: to send young people a clear and provocative vocational message. Second: to influence the consciousness of Salesians and lay persons of the need to work to create a vocational culture. Third: to emphasize all the phases of the animation process that are present in the Provincial Plan.

Accompanying the young requires that one abandon any and all preconceived schemes that adults have, requires finding the young wherever they may be, adapting to their times and their rhythms, not ours.

It means taking their difficulties in deciphering the reality in which they live seriously and transforming an announcement received in gestures and words in their daily effort towards creating their own stories or history and in the search, more or less conscious, of a meaning in and for their lives.

For Youth Ministry, young people are subjects, not objects. They are often treated by society as a useless or inconvenient presence: the Church cannot condone or reproduce this attitude because all young people, without exception, have the right to be accompanied along their paths and journeys.

Furthermore, each community is called upon to pay special attention to young people who are poor, marginalized, excluded. Being close to young people living in conditions of greater poverty and hardship, violence and war, illness, disability and suffering is a special gift of the Spirit, capable of making the style of an outgoing and outreaching Church shine.

The Church itself is called to learn from the young: many young saints have given and give luminous testimony and continue to be a source of inspiration for all.

The Church must enhance the ability of young people to be involved in the participatory bodies of diocesan and parish communities, inviting them to contribute with their creativity.

Finally, today more than ever, there is a need for believers with true authority, with a clear human identity, a solid ecclesial sense of belonging, a clearly visible spiritual quality, a vigorous educational passion and a profound capacity for discernment.


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