The Feast Day of Saint John Bosco was celebrated with a renewed focus on living a positive and impactful life in accordance with the theme of “For a Synodal Church; Participation, Communion, and Mission in the light of the New Evangelization in Ghana”.
The celebration was marked by a call to live with a certain amount of positivity and discipline in order to create meaningful experiences for the youth in the community.
A statement issued by the National Chairman of the Catholic Youth Organization in Ghana, Snr. Cr. Gabriel Maurice Nartey indicated that young people, particularly crusaders must believe in themselves, since a “certain amount of positivism is necessary for our lives, and being positive requires us to feed our focus on the power within and the ability to do something for God and Ghana now.”
“To be positive, we must be disciplined, inherit and be committed to living and creating impactful experiences in our parishes by way of participating in programs and activities which will go a long way in helping our youth in knowing Jesus Christ and appreciate their well-being, and leave a holy and peaceful life with their neighbours so as to promote peaceful co-existence” the statement further read.
The celebration emphasized the importance of embracing new ideas, avoiding stereotypes, and appreciating the diversity of perspectives and experiences. Participants were encouraged to develop a set of values that would guide their actions and help them achieve their goals.
“We should be open to new ideas, and new learning and avoid stereotypes. Recognise that we are all different individuals and have different perspectives on issues. Welcome those with views that are different from ours, they help enrich our own ideas and prevent us from taking others for granted, appreciate efforts and the Christ in everyone we meet, because that individual is made in the image and likeness of God. This will help us take responsibility for our realistic, achievable picture of the kind of person we would want to be remembered for when we are no more around.” Snr. Crusader Nartey noted.
Senior Crusaders were also urged to strive to help the young crusaders, despite the current economic challenges the country is facing today, by way of spending some quality time with them at meetings and mentoring them, encouraging them, to know and accept the fact that all is not over yet.
The feast day also paid tribute to the legacy of Saint John Bosco, who was a man of prayer and perseverance. He never gave up despite obstacles and dedicated himself to forming the youth. The celebration was concluded with a wish for all to have a Happy Feast Day and for the goal of leading God’s children to salvation to be achieved.