Catholic youth in Chikwawa Diocese have been encouraged to love and pray for the church as one way of sustaining its growth as well as strengthening its foundations of Christianity.
The remarks were made on Sunday during celebrations marking Vocations Day which saw participation of several youth from different schools in the district and other areas of the diocese.
National Director of Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) at the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Fr. Vincent Mwakhwawa said the Catholic Church loves and prays for the youth because they are an important sector in the church.
He explained that this was the reason the church has this coming October organized to discuss issues specifically for the youths at its 15th Synod of Bishops session be held in Rome, Italy.
“So, it is very important that as youth, you should emulate the same by having sparing time where you can pray for the church. Love the church because it really loves you,” Mwakhwawa advised.
The PMS Director urged the youth who gathered at St. Michaels Cathedral in the diocese to be assertive and not be driven by peer pressure, saying: “What comes in your mind is what God speaks to you and don’t wait for tomorrow but participate actively in church activities and in whatever happens in your communities.”
Bishop of Chikwawa Diocese, Right Reverend Peter Musikuwa said that God created everyone for a purpose and failure to listen to God’s call contributes negatively to one’s life.
He appealed to youth to listen to their parents, teachers and church leaders if they were to excel in life and contribute positively to national development.
Chikwawa Diocese Vocations Director, Fr. Ignatio Yohane encouraged the youth to effectively manage their time, noting that failure in life originates from poor time management.
He said that at times youth in the country lack proper guidance and direction and hoped that at the end of the event most of them would go home with proper decisions to make in life.
“When you make a decision on a particular calling or vocation be determined to pursue it and don’t forget to pray for proper guidance from God so that whatever you do in life is achieved,” Yohane stated.
Managing Director for Ned Bank, Paula Guta took the youth through the subject of education and carrier guidance said the mind, zeal and behavior change management were key to achieve success in life.
He said all problems being experienced now were fruits of certain things done in life at one point, citing poverty and early marriages which are two things that have rocked most parts of the country.
“If you look at poverty, or issues to do with early marriages they are things that have a solution. For one to do better you don’t need a lot of resources because we have seen many people today doing better in life but they started with meager resources,” Guta pointed out.
A representative of the youth, Yona Francis, a student at Mzimu Woyera Minor Seminary thanked the church and the society in general for the support rendered towards the youth in the country.
He said as youths they receive different callings ranging from priesthood, sisterhood and marriage which require external support for them to attain their aspirations in life.
“All we need is that continued support from all of you so that we answer the calls we hear from God in our daily life,” Francis observed.