REGINA — Sitting comfortably on an upholstered rocking chair and looking much like a grandfather speaking to his grandchildren, Regina Archbishop Daniel Bohan told a group of young adults they have an important role to play in the life of the church.
The informal gathering of Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO), a university centred youth group, invited the archbishop to to meet with local participants and speak on a subject of his choice. The 25 sat in chairs, love seats, chesterfields and on the floor.ohan, frequently quoting Pope Francis and Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel), said young people, like all baptized Catholics, are called to be evangelists, but not evangelists going door to door like Jehovah’s Witness.
“Let people see the joy that is in our life because of our faith,” he said.
The Regina archbishop is a big fan of Pope Francis. He told the group he was in Rome November 2014 to meet with a seminarian studying there and while there met the pope following Francis’ weekly general audience.
“I thank God for him every day. I find the things he says go to the heart of Christ. When I met him I told him that I pray for him every day.”
Even with all the modern forms of communication with social media, there are people, and especially young people, who complain about loneliness, depression and emptiness. “We know we are never alone. Our faith gives us a lot of good things to think about. With Jesus in our lives we can deal with it (loneliness, emptiness, etc.).”
You are called to share in the mission of the church, said Bohan, and age doesn’t matter. “The mission is to bring the message of Jesus to the world, to the people we associate with. Let them see our joy.”
You really are important to the life of the church in the way you live your life, said the archbishop.
There is a revolution going on in morals and manners, he said. People believe they can decide for themselves what is right or wrong. “It gives them freedom, they say.” But what he called the culture of the contemporary has people afraid of making a commitment. Nothing is permanent.
Quoting Francis again, he said, marriage is in crisis because of this culture. “Women, children and old people suffer the most in the current culture,” he said, and poverty is high among that group of people. “You need to have courage to go against the current trend.”
CCO president Patrick Malone said he was pleased at the turnout, the largest so far this season.