Fr David O'Malley SDB explores the complexities of life choices for young adults in an overview of the Salesians' Signposts programme and its aims, published in Don Bosco Today, the UK edition of the Salesian Bulletin.
The facts and stories in this article point to a growing need among young adults to look beyond career and wages to find meaning in their lives and to be happy in what they do. The complexity of choice and the short-term nature of commitments bewilders many young adults. Sometimes they act impulsively, reacting against parental advice and then regret it later. Sometimes they unconsciously do what friends and family want and lose that individual spark that is called vocation.
Signposts reaches out to everyone regardless of their religious beliefs. Signposts offers an open and safe space to think spiritually about life choices and awaken a sense of vocation in people of any religion or none.
This is new ground in vocational work. It is not a way of recruiting young adults to religious vocation, but it is a way to help young adults release themselves from the forces that seek to deform their souls. Young people need to be more than consumers of life; they need to be creators too.
In the words of Pope Francis, Signposts is an invitation to: “Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living!”
Read the full article in Don Bosco Today pp 25 - 27
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