How can a young person stand firm in the faith in the midst of a world so far from the Church?

It's true that the world we live in is undoubtedly very complex and secular. It is therefore very challenging for any catholic to go against the current, and especially for young people. Modern secular society bombards people continually with thousands of messages and information, and it stereotypes the culture as to what is acceptable or unacceptable in society. Unfortunately many people, especially the younth, drift along with the currents of sin and vice and abandon the practice of their faith. This is a very sad but a true reality. Young Catholics who practice their faith can sometimes feel insecure and doubtful about it, above all if they find that many of the people at mass are elderly and they are just one of a small group of youth.

Given the complexity of our times, it is essential for young people, whether they be married or single, to find a catholic group where they can feel supported in a solid formation on the faith and rediscover the value of prayer. It's almost like returning to the situation of the first Christians: when they were persecuted they came together in small groups to pray, share what they had, and help each other, but above all to celebrate the holy Mass together. Offered in secret, the Mass was a wonderful source of strength in the middle of the storm. Being part of a new group not only can help one in their faith but also offer a new social outlet where new friendships are forged.

-Response given by P. Dominic Feehan, SHM