To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
(from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Renewing the Vision, 1997)
We need to open three doors in order to know Jesus:
“The first door is praying to Jesus. You must realize that studying without prayers is no use. We must pray to Jesus to get to know him better. The great theologians did their theology while kneeling. Pray to Jesus! By studying and praying we get a bit closer… But we’ll never know Jesus without praying. Never! Never!
The second door is celebrating Jesus. Prayer on its own is not enough, we need the joy of celebration. We must celebrate Jesus through his sacraments, because these give us life, they give us strength, they nourish us, they comfort us, they forge an alliance with us, they give us a mission. Without celebrating the sacraments, we’ll never get to know Jesus. This is what the Church is all about: celebration.
The third door is imitating Jesus. Take the Gospel, what did he do? How was his life? What did he tell us? What did he teach us? And try to imitate him.”