Belonging and participation: openness to encounter

Belonging and participation: openness to encounter

Active in the process of change and willing to participate and commit themselves to concrete activities in which the personal contribution of each might be an occasion for recognizing one’s identity. This is what young people desire to be, and not passive recipients of formation. I remember when Father Salvatore, the AVI founder, taught me how to do daily meditation, he asked me: “Do you have a friend who would like to pray this way too? Do it together and she too will learn.” I was in my twenties, and the trust shown to me from an elderly priest encouraged and filled me with so great an enthusiasm that I took the initiative to gather a few friends around Scripture. To be entrusted with a task, even a small one, inside of a solid, common project, represents, for...