Youth Ministry

Dear Cissy,

This letter is both unrelated, and completely related to you. And me too, a bit. The adults in our lives growing up did us a complete disservice. And I am not willing to let that happen again. 

We were never taught the faith with any sort of absolutes, so we had to struggle to figure it out for ourselves. I was away from the church for almost 8 year. At least you still go at Christmas and Easter.

And that is the problem without being taught the absolutes. We don’t know what we are missing. And I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure the youth group I am involved in doesn’t fall into the same traps.

The Church isn’t made for comfort. To paraphrase Pope Emeritus Benedict 16 we weren’t made for comfort, but greatness. And that is what Catholicism provides.

I know sometimes she seems harsh and so rule orientated. But I promise, the rules make sense! It may not seem so at first, but they do and they are for our great benefit. 

Once we submit fully to the church it is freeing. I’ve said it before and I will say it again.

I’m just so frustrated trying to plan this youth ministry with people who are trying to pander to teens. Who don’t believe in the absolutes, who don’t believe in Truth.  It hurts me so much, because if we can fundamentally change just one teen, the ministry will be a success. 

The won’t let the Catholic Adults group I’m a part of get too involved though. They feel we are too traditional. But they don’t realise we speak for the youth of the church. The youth of the church is angry that we missed out on the beauty of all it could be in all of the spirit of Vatican 2 craziness. 

I’m not wanting to reverse vatican 2, but I am wanting to reverse some of the runaway fringe Catholics. 

Women will never be priests. It isn’t in our nature.

Homosexuality will never be a valid nature. It goes against Natural Law.

Birth Control is always a grave evil. Humanae Vitae from 1962 was eerily prophetic on that.

Pornography objectifies women and ruins relationships. That is just a fact. 

There is so much power in the unchanging absolutes of the Church and it makes no sense to me when people who will be dead in 30 years, feel the need to change something that has been very much alive for 2000 years. 

Change yourself to fit the Church, not the Church to fit you.

 

God Bless, 

Rebecca

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