Living as the hands of Christ - Catholic Courier

Living as the hands of Christ

I was given the opportunity to attend one of the Hands of Christ recognition ceremonies. As the young people of our diocese received their special honor, I couldn’t help but think back to my own ceremony, almost 15 years ago. I remember sitting there with some of my fellow youth-group members, excited about being recognized for all that we had done for our church, communities and schools.

But as I sat there listening to Bishop Salvatore R. Matano talk to the Class of 2016 recipients, something struck me. In his homily, he said to the teens, "I want you to be in these pews when you are the age of your grandparents." While Bishop Matano was not talking specifically about the pews at St. Lawrence, where the ceremony I attended was held, he was talking to the teens about attending Mass and still having a strong commitment to their faith as they grow older.

His words had me thinking about my own faith journey. I know my faith is still a very important part of my life. I’m still as involved in my church as I was as a teenager, and I’m confident that I will continue that path through my later adult years.

But I also thought about my fellow youth-group members. How many of them still have strong commitments to their faith? Sadly, the ones I have kept in touch with are no longer involved in the Catholic Church.

So my hope for these teens is that they continue to live out their faith as they move on to the next chapters of their lives. There will be plenty of challenges and obstacles, but I hope these teens do not give up their faith. I hope they are still in the pews when they become grandparents.


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