Youth told: ‘You are worth more than many likes’

Youth told: ‘You are worth more than many likes’
An NYD2017 pilgrim shares his experience and learnings with his group mates in one of the session. JOHANN MANGUSSAD

ZAMBOANGA City – Addressing what many consider to be a selfie-obsessed generation, Dipolog Bishop Severo C. Caermare reminded National Youth Day (NYD) 2017 delegates that their worth is not measured by social media popularity.

“You are worth more than many likes,” said the prelate, who gave the second plenary talk on the third day of the ongoing NYD in this city.

According to him, young people tend to follow prevailing trends just to fit in even if they know that it is morally wrong. They always seek an audience, Caermare said, in order to feel appreciated. In a timely message, he told the youth to remind themselves of their self-worth and not of their “selfie-worth.”

Faith in the unseen

Caermare told the delegates to shift their focus towards faith and its significance in their lives.

“Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance on what we do not see,” he said.

Since the second day of NYD, thousands of pilgrims were assigned to their respective festival sites for simultaneous plenary talks, various NYD Runs, and other activities.

Each of the four festival sites had a different immersion sites and hosted a plenary talk focused on one core idea.

The first talk was about the topic “I am Flawed” while the second focused on “I am Good and Gifted.”

Giving the first talk, Fr. Jonathan Bitoy, CSM of the Claretian Missionaries focused on how “we are sinners but beautifully flawed.”

The priest reminded the young that each of them is beautiful and “worthy of love” because they are made in the image and likeness of God.

Joy over pleasure

“Man and women were orginally good. They are perfect in the eyes of God.” he stressed.

Bitoy also gave points on discerning between right and “almost right,” saying “evil is present in reality, but it is up to us to fall into sin.”

“Always choose to be happy and joyful instead of having all the pleasures in life.” he reminded the delegates.

Other event highlights included the daily Masses which also honored the Blessed Virgin in a special way, the grand Marian procession on Nov. 7, and the barrio fiesta held in each of the festival sites.

National Youth Day will run from Nov. 6 to 10. Angel Memoranda/CBCPNews