Empowerment Series focuses on Gratuitousness

Penang Diocesan Youth Network (PDYN) organised a session of Monday of the Open Mic (MOM) on Gratuitousness on Jan 23.

Feb 06, 2021

By Elsa Easter Justine
Penang Diocesan Youth Network (PDYN) organised a session of Monday of the Open Mic (MOM) on Gratuitousness on Jan 23.

PDYN was inspired with the latest encyclical letter of Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, to conduct the Empowerment Series Volume 1.

In the Holy Father’s latest letter, Pope Francis defines ‘gratuitousness’ as the ability to do some things simply because they are good in themselves, without concern for personal gain or recompense.

A number of participants, consisting of campus students, parish youth and working young adults, from various places in Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore tuned in on Jan 23.

PDYN also invited guest speaker, Mayette Bugaoan, a former coordinator of the Single Young Adult of Penang Diocese, who is currently residing in the Philippines.

In a reference to Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti in Chapters 4 and 7, Mayette led the participants to the concept of being grateful as Catholics in this modern world despite the fast-paced days and the many challenges we encounter, especially in this tiring time of the pandemic. She aimed to equip the youth to recognise their gifts and to continue to take initiatives every day to live out their gifts.

The sharing session was made possible by the Zoom break-out room feature. In groups of three to four people, a facilitator was assigned in each group to guide the participants in reflecting on gratuitousness in their family, campus, parish, and country, also a short discussion involved on the actions that can be carried out in their community in this time of the pandemic. One of the facilitators said, “I was surprised at how they (the participants) can open up in sharing their experiences and thoughts despite being young.”

Anthea Darlene, one of the participants shared, “The session was amazing and inspiring. I was able to learn more about gratuitousness and how it can be applied in our daily lives. In short, it was a very  fruitful session and I enjoyed it!”.

The Empowerment Series Volume 1 concluded with a short speech and final blessing by Fr Simon Anand, the Head of PDYN. 

The Empowerment Series Volume 2 will be held on February 20. MOM also has a Beatitudes Series which is a compilation of tes timonies by the youth that is still ongoing since August 2020.

The MOM testimonies can be found on PDYN’s Youtube channel.

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