Franciscan Sister Regina Rose Pearson provides a little background why she organized a recent youth group Q & A night.
One of the things that I have found in my time working with the teens of today is that they question everything! And there is a hard-heartedness that they struggle to overcome. The challenge for them is when to let faith take hold. After many discussions on several hot button issues that teens face today, I decided to bring in Father Peter Mitchell, who has a great deal of experience with high school students as well as a great deal of knowledge about the Church.
Father Peter began by explaining our understanding of tradition, Scripture, and the Deposit of Faith as the basis for Church teaching. There was a natural progression that led to a conversation about truth and how we know what is true, the true meaning of freedom, the true meaning of love, same-sex marriage, evolution, life issues, sexuality, the world’s call to materialism and individualism versus Christ’s call to poverty, chastity, and obedience, and more!
It was a difficult conversation because, as Father Peter pointed out, many of us have been “brainwashed” by the culture; we have been seduced by the idea that true freedom and happiness comes from our instant gratification, from our being able to do what we want when we want. We live in a world that is not interested in sacrifice or suffering. We have also lost our common sense in many realms.