Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saints Timothy and Titus. Timothy and Titus were converted to Christianity by St. Paul and became his friend and helpers. Timothy took care of Christians in Ephesus and Titus of Christians in Crete.
Yesterday, Pat reflected on the relationship between the mission of the Church and that of the young people in the Church. The day before, on making the love of God visible in Catholic schools.
How do we form Australia’s young Catholics?
In general, we could say that they are formed through their family life, school life, Church life, and life in the broader community.
How strong is the influence of Catholics and Catholic institutions on young Australian Catholics?
Twenty per cent of Australians are Catholics. In other words, one in five Australians is Catholic.
1,755 Catholic schools are educating more than 785,000 students in Australia. In other words, one in five Australian students go to a Catholic school.
There are 1388 Catholic Churches in Australia, including 93 Eastern Catholic Churches.
In the first reading today, Paul reminds Timothy to “fan into a flame, the gift that God gave you….”
Returning, to Cardijn’s keynote address to the World Congress for the Lay Apostolate, in 1951, he demanded that,
“Each Christian, each Catholic, by his or her baptism, must be an apostle and a missionary – he has an apostolic and missionary vocation. Each one is called by God to Existence, to life, and to a collaboration in His creative and redemptive work. The earthly vocation is an apostolic and missionary vocation.”
As Catholic parents, are we forming our children to be apostles and missionaries as a way of living their lives?
As Catholic educators, are we forming our students to be apostles and missionaries as a way of living their lives?
As Catholic adults, do we fulfil our apostolic and missionary duties in our daily lives?
What could we, as lay apostles, do today to form our young to be apostles and missionaries as a way of living their lives?