A youth coordinator in Bangladesh highlights the need for spiritual preparation before Christmas, involvement in service and the importance of building a beautiful life.
"There is a great need for spiritual preparation in the coming days (of Christmas), increasing the participation of youth in the field service and the importance of building a beautiful life for the youth," said Father Nabin Pius Costa, the youth coordinator of Rajshahi diocese in Bangladesh.
Father Costa was speaking during a day-long advent spiritual preparation event to receive Jesus Christ at the Good Shepard Cathedral Church in Rajshahi on December 17.
The event was organized by the Cathedral Parish's Bangladesh Catholic Students' Movement (BCSM). BCSM is an organization for Catholic college-level and university students in Bangladesh.
Father Emmanuel K. Rozario, the vicar general of the Rajshahi Diocese, urged the youth to be "more active in the various church services, including the worship of virtue, and arrange their lives in a way that is truly beautiful and following Christian values."
"Young generation is the lifeblood of the Church," said Father Emmanuel K. Rozario, the parish priest of the Good Shepherd Cathedral.
Around 108 students participated and reflected on the day's theme: Prepare the way for the coming of the Lord.
The students participated in meditative prayers, the sacrament of reconciliation, and the eucharistic celebration.
"Today, I am really very much enriched in my heart to join this advent program and now I am fully prepared to receive Jesus Christ," expressed Teresa, one of the participants of the event.
BCSM was started in Bangladesh in the year 1991. The movement was inspired by the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS) and affiliated with the Bangladesh Episcopal Commission for Youth.
BCSM exists in eight dioceses of Bangladesh as a center for the young people in Bangladesh.
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