For vocations, one must go out, listen, call, pope says
In its ministry to young people, and especially in vocations promotion work, church workers must step out of the sacristy and take seriously the questions and concerns of the young, Pope Francis said.
Young people are searching for meaning, and the best response is to go out to where they are, stop and listen to them and then call them to follow Jesus, the pope said on 21st October.
Meeting participants at a vocations promotion conference sponsored by the Congregation for Clergy, Pope Francis emphasised the need for church workers to be on the move and to echo the vocations call Jesus used with the disciples, “Follow me.”
“Jesus’ desire is to set people out on a journey, moving them from a lethal sedentary lifestyle and breaking through the illusion that they can live happily while remaining comfortably seated amid their certainties,” Pope Francis said.
The seeking and desire to explore that comes naturally to most young people “is the treasure that the Lord puts in our hands and that we must care for, cultivate and make blossom,” the pope said.Tags: Pope, Pope Francis, vocations, young people