by Mpumi Mgidlana

This youth month, we’d like to encourage the elders to remain young in spirit; to make use of the youth and their skills and knowledge and to take time to get to understand them a bit better.

We encourage the youth to make their light shine in every room they enter and to spread their light to others. Many of our young friends and family are fighting many battles which we do not know of. During this month (and beyond), may we all take the time to check in on a young person. This act of kindness will certainly go a long way.

To be a young person in this time is both a beautiful thing and a bad thing. We have access to many tools, technologies and opportunities which never existed before. We have many things to smile about; dream about and focus on, but in the same breath, there are many things which stop us from smiling; stop us from dreaming and leave us to not focusing.

We are filled with hope for a better tomorrow. We want to be the change we want to see in the world. We want to sit in on key conversations which build not only ourselves, but our country and communities too. We do not want to bury our talents. We do not want to be shut down or belittled. We truly want our voices to be heard.

We pray that the youth may meet and be enveloped with God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. May the Most Holy Trinity take away our insecurities; renew us in spirit and lead us to many doors of opportunities and success.

Young people:

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.” – Pope John Paull II.

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