Bishop to youth: Use energy for the service of God

Bishop to youth: Use energy for the service of God

Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao. ARAH JODELLE JAMANDRA/DIOCESE OF CUBAO/

By Minnie Agdeppa

December 9, 2020

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop encouraged young people to be true witnesses of faith by sharing their energy and service to the Church.

Speaking in the opening Mass of the Diocesan Youth Day of Cubao on Dec. 7, Bishop Honesto Ongtioco stressed the significant role of young people in the life of the Church.

“The challenge to our youth is we have a lot of energy. Hopefully, we use that energy to grow our faith to be able to inspire other people,” Ongtioco said in his homily.

“My dear young people, you are the hope of the Church, the hope of our diocese. Hopefully you respond,” he said.

Present during the Mass at a chapel in the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City were members of the Diocesan Ministry of Youth Affairs.

He called on the youth to draw inspiration from Blessed Carlo Acutis, who used the internet to spread his faith.

The Italian teenager, who died of leukaemia in 2006 aged 15, has already been dubbed “the patron saint of the internet”.

“As young people, you have much to share,” Ongtioco said. “You can make a difference”.

As the Mass was held on the eve of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, he also urged young people to imitate the Virgin Mary by abandoning themselves to God.

The bishop noted the Blessed Mother’s virtue of ‘single-mindedness’ that may be “one of the things we can learn from this feast”.

He said it is important to have this virtue because it also reflects one’s strong beliefs and convictions and, in turn, affects how we influence others.

“Be like Mary who is vigilant,” he said, “Mary was single-minded in following the will of God”.

Due to the prevailing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s diocesan youth day is currently being held online until Dec. 12 through the diocese’s Ministry of Youth Affairs Facebook page.

The virtual celebrations feature talk and testimonies on the theme “Arise! Young Man I Say to You Arise”, which was adopted from Pope Francis’ message for the 35th World Youth Day 2020.

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