God is also calling you online

The name “Alive in Christ” was inspired by what Pope Francis wrote on the first page of Christus Vivit: Christ is alive and he wants you alive! (CV 1).

Jun 12, 2021

Alive in Christ (Who are we)
The name “Alive in Christ” was inspired by what Pope Francis wrote on  the first page of Christus Vivit: Christ is  alive and he wants you alive! (CV 1). 

Alive in Christ groups are an international community of young people  who meet online. Young people from all  five continents often come from distant  geographical and existential peripheries  (even countries where Christians are a  minority and they are able to experience  God for the first time). They all carry in  their heart a common goal: to experience the Risen One who passed through  the cross! 

“Our groups are online, but they are  more real than virtual because the fruits  of conversion in our lives testify to this”. 

The group was born from the Shalom Catholic Community’s spirituality,  a charismatic community of praise that  uses its formation path to communicate  Christ to young people. Most members  are the result of evangelisation through  social media. The young people in the  group find an opportunity to get closer  to the Church, seek their vocation and  live a fraternal experience of international communion. 

“The wind blows where it wills, and  you can hear the sound it makes, but  you do not know where it comes from  or where it goes” (Jn 3:8). The inspiration for this group is to be one more incentive of many in the Church, to reach  those whom the Lord wants to call to  himself.

The groups Alive in Christ (What we do)
For where two or three are gathered together in  my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt  18:20). 

Once a week, each group (in English, Italian  and Spanish) meets to pray and participate in  the formation, ask questions, and share in their  own language. It all takes about two hours and  is done through Zoom. In addition to this, each  young person is encouraged to do their daily Bible study on their own (through the method of  Lectio Divina), and each month, if they wish, get  a personal accompaniment (a consecrated member from the online community who can listen to  the young person and pray for them). All members are called to be protagonists of evangelisation through a service entrusted to them. 

In this way, young people, gathered by the  power of the Spirit, live a true Pentecost. 

“Our laptops and smartphones have become  means that guide us to connect with God and with  each other in a new way.”

A site made by young people to evangelise other young people (How to reach us)
We believe that the Lord is asking us to dive  deeper into the waters and live in a more  edifying way in this big world, the digital  continent. 

Many young people are placed in a culture  of pessimism, solitude, fear, war, hunger or  persecution within the digital world. Even if  only a drop of water in the ocean, this initiative can reach those most in need of the  Father’s care. 

The idea to promote this new site is to  open the Church’s doors even more, showing a younger face of the Church through a  communication channel where there will be  articles, news, faith testimonies from around  the world, videos and interviews. Young  theologians will write the Gospels’ meditations and a form of interaction will be organised through the blog. The idea is that this  medium is not just for the dissemination of  information, but for the experience of faith. 

We will also discuss the importance of  Lectio Divina, personal accompaniment  and how to go on a mission. Therefore, the  young people will be invited to migrate from  the virtual meeting to a personal encounter,  going on missions, volunteering, participating in international events such as camps,  World Youth Days, various festivals organised by the communities and movements,  and more. 

The groups are open for those who wish  to participate and anyone who wishes can  invite their friends.

To learn more about this initiative, please contact aliveinchrist@comshalom.org Instagram: aliveinchrist.sh Log on to: https://www.aliveinchristsh. com/ for more information about alive in Christ.

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