‘Your value is more than you realize,’ youth reminded

‘Your value is more than you realize,’ youth reminded

Manila Archdiocesan Commission on Youth head Fr. Ramon Jade Licuanan fires up the crowd at the Singles and Youth Faith on Fire (SYFOF) conference in the Smart Araneta Coliseum June 29. JAYBEE ORMASA

By Nikko Balbedina

July 1, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Halfway into the celebration of the Year of the Youth, a Catholic priest reminded young people of their worth.

Manila Archdiocesan Commission on Youth head Fr. Ramon Jade Licuanan noted that the “fear of inadequacy or unworthiness” often hinders the youth to reach their full potential.

“One thing that we should remind the youth is that their worth is more than they realize, their value is more than they know,” he said, “Their lives are worth so much.”

Licuanan, who is also a formator at the San Carlos Seminary in Makati City, explained how this might be due to how society is “impressing some images and ideals that tells the youth that they should be like this, they should appear like this, they should be going here or there.”

“The pressure and the idealism that the secular world gives is sometimes the root of the somewhat apprehension or fear that the youth feels,” he explained.

The priest made the statement at the sidelines of this year’s Singles and Youth Faith on Fire (SYFOF) conference at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City over the weekend.

Thousands young people filled the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City for this year’s Singles and Youth Faith on Fire (SYFOF) conference over the weekend. PHOTO COURTESY OF JAHBEE CRUZ

Around 16,000 young people attended the event with the theme, “A Name Like No Other”.

Citing the theme of the Year of the Youth celebration, Licuanan added that after the youth are reminded that they are “beloved, gifted and empowered, it should flow freely to a sense of mission.”

“We are so gifted and beloved because the Lord trusts us to do something not just for ourselves but also for others,” he added.

“As a priest who is task by the archdiocese to serve our youth, I am very humbled because I’ve been seeing how our youth have been gifted by the Lord,” he also said, “They are more than what you see.”