Proclaiming the joy of the Gospel is the mission entrusted by the Lord to his church. In keeping with this mission Pope Francis is introducing a new approach through a 2018 Bishops’ Synod with the topic, “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.”
The Catholic Church has decided to examine herself on how she can lead young people to recognize and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask young people to help her in identifying the most effective ways to announce the Good News today. By listening to young people, the church will once again hear the Lord speaking in today’s world and glimpse which lies ahead and the paths the church is called to follow.
For each person, the vocation to love takes concrete form in everyday life through a series of choices, which find expression in the states of life (marriage, ordained ministry, consecrated life, etc.), professions, forms of social and civil commitment, lifestyle, and the management of time and money to mention a few.
Whether these choices are willfully made or simply accepted, either consciously or unconsciously, no one is excluded from making these choices. The purpose of vocational discernment is to find out how to transform them, in the light of faith, into steps towards the fullness of joy to which everyone is called.
In terms of hearing directly from young people, the Vatican has launched a survey for youth and young adults. The goal of this questionnaire — aimed at young people throughout the world from ages 16 to 29 years — is to provide young people with the opportunity to communicate, express and recount who they are and what they want to say about themselves.
The link to the survey can be accessed at https://survey-synod2018.glauco.it/limesurvey/index.php/147718. Once there, users simply click on “English” and type in a code to prove authenticity.