Learning that the saints are just like us

The youth of the Kristus Aman Youth Ministry have continued their monthly virtual youth gatherings amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, with their latest gathering focusing on modern day saints.

Dec 05, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The youth of the Kristus Aman Youth Ministry have continued their monthly virtual youth gatherings amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, with their latest gathering focusing on modern day saints.

The virtual meeting via Zoom, and brought 25 of the KAYM youths back together once again for their monthly e-fellowship.

The gathering, entitled Just Like Us - Journeying with the Saints, aimed to discuss the lives of three modern day blesseds, namely Bl Carlo Acutis, Bl Chiara Badano, and Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati, all of whom died at a young age.

The youths began the night with a quick ice-breaking session on Mentimeter, whereby they were encouraged to participate by sharing something that they missed about KAYM. Most indicated that they missed their friends and the fun, the human connection, and being able to pray together.

After the ice-breaking session, the main discussion began. In this particular gathering, a panel of four speakers Amanda Thérèse, Ryan Kwang, Geena Low and Jynn Kok carried out the session in the form of a forum, where they each shared their own input  about each of the three blesseds to create a dynamic conversation.

The forum began with an introduction about what saints are, and the process of being recognised as a saint in the Catholic Church. The panelists also outlined a few misconceptions about saints, and explained the truth in regards to each false perception.

The panelists then moved on to share about each of the three individual saints. They covered each saint’s background and talked about their lives, considering who they were as people and how they could relate to them as youths.

The discussion delved into how each saint had lived their lives in holiness, how they had faced the challenges of their times, and how they desired Jesus above all things. The panelists further emphasised that each of these saints were human, that they too had their own wants and desires, but always sought God and His kingdom first.

As the discussion evolved, the panellists then went on to discuss further how youths could pursue friendships with each of these saints, as saints are able to guide and befriend them.

The conversation then moved into discussing how the youth could also realistically pursue holiness in their own lives, answering their unique call to holiness in their own ways.

The youths were then split into groups of  four or five and placed into Zoom Breakout Rooms. In each of these Breakout Rooms, the youths had a chance to reflect on everything they had just heard and voice their thoughts in their own discussion spaces based on the questions posed by the facilitating members.

The discussions among the groups focused mainly on sharing their personal stories, with a reflection on the question, “Who is God calling me to be?”, meant to encourage them to reflect on their personal calls to holiness. With each others’ support, the youth emboldened one another on their journey to heaven and prayed for each other in their own respective groups.

At the end of the session, all youths re turned to the Main Session and concluded the night with a prayer.

This gathering was a success, as the goal of the session to encourage youth to believe in their ability to pursue holiness at this point in their lives had been achieved, and it had also proved that being online had not stopped the KAYM youths from wanting fellowship and seeking God.

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