Our young people and our world are filled with what Pope John Paul II called "the culture of death." We have the bread of life; we have what can transform that death into LIFE itself. We have the Bread of Hope in the Eucharist.
It is time for us to understand the gift of the Eucharist and pass that precious gift to the next generation. It is Jesus in the Eucharist that will transform hearts and lives. It is Jesus in the Eucharist that will lead teens to their vocation. It is Jesus in the Eucharist that will convert the world. Teens do not need
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"Bring them to the Eucharist."
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta,
in response to the question,
"What should we do for our young people?"
It almost sounds too simplistic. Of all the responses Mother Teresa could have given, as usual, she went right to the heart of it all - the Eucharist. The Eucharist is why we are Catholic. It is vital to our ministering to teens in the Catholic Church that we have a full understanding of what the Eucharist is and what it means for our lives.
One of the most awesome times of the year in the Church is Easter as we celebrate the Risen Lord and we welcome new Catholics into the Church. These pilgrims are on a journey, and it is completed by their receiving the Eucharist. We must not let ourselves become numb to the "Real Presence" of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
At no other time have teens been so drawn to the Eucharist. Summer youth conferences, retreats, Life and Edge Night are experiencing the awesome power of the Eucharist. Our young people are attending daily Mass and visiting Eucharistic Adoration Chapels before they head out to the prom or other events.
Why? Because youth leaders have had the courage to dedicate themselves to "Bringing them to the Eucharist."