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Indian priest urges youth to work for common good

Indian youth in Bangalore, South India (photo provided)

A Redemptorist priest working among the Catholic youth in the southern Indian state of Karnataka urged the youth to use their talents for the common good.

Catholic youth must find out their talents and gifts given by God and increase them for the good of the others, said Father Louis Christopher, the chairperson of the Redemptorist Youth and Vocation Ministry (RYVM), Bangalore. 

He is a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, commonly known as the Redemptorists. 

He was speaking at the annual event “At the Crossroads” organized by the RYVM, Bangalore Province, to help the youth to discern and make well-informed resolutions about their vocation and career in life.

The event took place at Nava Spoorthi Kendra, Bangalore, from April 28 to 30. 

The theme of the program was “Know your self, know your options and know your purpose.” 

The program was conducted by Father Sandeep Menezes, RYVM secretary, Province of Bangalore and Father Peter B. a member of RYVM General Secretariat, Rome. 

In his homily, Father Peter said that human life is active involvement in God’s action of work, leisure, and love while he reflected on the Word of God. 

In this event, 16 to 29-year-old, 80 Catholic youths participated who were informed via social media and through personal invitations to their respective institutions. 

Father Siluvai Muthu, Vicar Provincial of Bangalore Province, inspired the youth to choose their way without comparing it with others.

As the immediate outcome of the event, one girl conveyed that she wanted to be a nun. Three high school boys expressed their discernment for the priestly vocation. 

A youth expressed his impression of the event in the feedback. 

“I felt wanted, I felt loved, I had so much fun meeting new people, new friendships. And I genuinely felt closer to God, and through this retreat, I have decided to work as much as possible for the people and show them the beauty of Jesus and his works through my service to the people,” a participant said.

He offered to be a volunteer for the next event. 

“I would take up any opportunities or any kind of responsibility for events conducted by RYVM. I would love to volunteer and cooperate and work for the good of the people,” he added.

The three-day event was marked with prayer, games, song and dance, and beneficial sessions by inspired and qualified resource persons. 

The inputs were “Vocation in the Bible and the Church”, “The Difference between a Career & a Vocation”, “Comprehensive Interests Survey”, “Decision-making Skills”, “Dos & Don’ts of Career Management”, “Personality Development”, “Career Options” by Mr. Chris D’Souza, “Inward Journey” and “The Art of Spiritual Discernment”. - With inputs from Patrick Soe Htun

 

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