What are others saying about Redemption?
Friday, November 20, 2009 by Fr. Santo Arrigo C.Ss.R.

A Sampling of the input we have received from our survey!

To date, we have over 50 responses! We look forward to reading what you have to say! Skip to the questions below:

1. What does ‘Redemption’ mean to YOU?
2. What do you believe about the saving work of God?
3. How is Jesus your Redeemer?
4. In what ways do you think the world is in need of hearing about ‘Redemption’?
5. How does the Good News of Plentiful Redemption need to be heard among the youth of the world today?
6. How does the Good News of Plentiful Redemption need to be heard among the youth where you live?
7. How might you be able to participate in bringing the Good News of Plentiful Redemption to our broken world?

1. What does “Redemption” mean to YOU?

  • Redemption means that Christ’s perfect and sufficient Sacrifice on the Cross has Redeemed me, along with the whole world.
  • What redemption means to me is that you can be forgiven and restored to what God origionally made you.
  • Being Saved.
  • Forgiveness
  • It means a chance to be born again, restored to the fullest.
  • It means a rebirth, the creation of a “clean slate”
  • finding support, understanding, forgiveness and undying hope in your God
  • having people around you in whom you can see Christ reflected in action and faith
  • To me, Redemption is protection, but not in a finite sense. When one is “redeemed”, he or she finds everlasting help.
  • Rebirth – Spiritual
  • to be saved and be renewed in life, spirit and heart.
  • God’s love towards me!
  • The word speaks to me of loving solidarity, of God who restores us to life.
  • Being Saved even though you don’t deserve it.
  • Giving one thing in exchange for another
  • Secularly, the word redemption to me was made famous in the movie “Shawshank Redemption”. So I see it as a deliverance to good by someone innocent.
  • Even though we’re sinners, we have eternal life through Jesus Christ
  • Found and led in the right direction
  • past is wiped away and gone
  • God offers redemption to all
  • To me it means that God throught the lord Jesus Christ has paid my way to the feast of heaven. My life means something to God and I am here to serve him.
  • Freedom through Christ
  • Changed – when one is changed for the better, body, mind or spirit. This change comes through the work of others, and your acceptance of that work.
  • The act of being redeemed, saved. Having someone do it for you…..namely Christ’s dying on the cross for all of humanity. To start again, fresh.
  • Saved! Chosen, Loved by God
  • Redemption is the full experience of God’s grace in our lives forgiving us of all our past sins and living again in union with God.
  • To be “saved from” evil, emptiness, meaninglessness. The reassurance that ultimately our loving God will prevail.
  • Redemption to me is what God will help me with once I die….he will save me from my sins and welcome me into the kingdom of heaven (by saving me I mean forgiving)
  • The transformation of evil into good (law of the cross)
  • Redemption to me means the incredible gift that God has given to us through Jesus, His Son. When Jesus sacrificed himself for us by dying on the cross, He saved us all from death. When we follow Jesus in our actions and voice, we will be granted this eternal life; we are saved.
  • Redemption to me means following in the footsteps of Christ and doing his work unto others.
  • Grace despite my human failings.
  • Seeing who I really am in the eyes of God.
  • It means that if you do something bad you can have a chance to make it right.
  • being there when everyone else abandons, to protect , lift up, heal, restore, remind the abandoned that they have worth
  • Redemption to me means that I am redeemed through Jesus death. My life has been delivered through Christ.
  • 1)-that my life, my sins, are taken on by Christ and in return I have entrance/access to eternal life, to perfect union with God. 2)-that bad events in my life, things done to me, that my mistakes, are somehow renewed and restored through the work of Christ so that he makes good on his promise of “fullness of life.”

2. What do you believe about the saving work of God?

  • Although the world is Redeemed, individuals must recognize their need for the saving Grace of Christ. It is the co-operation of the will with Divine Love, expressed in Jesus that leads to final Salvation. The saying is: “I am saved, being saved, and hope to be saved,” as I have a moral assurance of Salvation, that God is faithful to His promise, however, free will means I can reject at any time His promise. Therefore, I must be humble and not presumptuous before God, knowing I am saved yet, in the words of the Apostle Paul: “provided you remain in His kindness.”
  • I believe he can save anyone and make any life worth living.
  • I believe that God is always there to save us, knowing what is deep in our hearts and minds. If we are using our free will and are “ready” with our hearts and minds, that his saving grace will be there for us, always.
  • It brings people together, to spread this Gospel, to all people.
  • I believe that God desires all of creation to be drawn to God in love. That God’s Spirit moves throughout our universe working towards that goal.
  • that We are the hands and feet of God today; that WE have a responsibility and privilege to bring God to others, by how we live our lives in welcome and compassion-we are therefore the instruments for redemption
  • It is going on all the time through other people whether it is recognized or not
  • I think it is ongoing and I’m grateful for it.
  • He cares and never abandoned me!
  • That you can be saved from anything. But you have to wanted it and show by your works
  • It’s critical to save our souls
  • Unbounding love.
  • It is imperative for our world.
  • Without understanding what it is and what it is for, the work is meaningless.
  • It’s free and offered, it just needs to be accepted
  • Full of grace
  • Even the smallest – youngest person can do it.
  • Jesus is God’s only Son. He was sent to the world to save us from sin so we will have new life. Mary is the new Eve. Her role as Jesus’ mother reverses Eve’s decision to eat forbidden fruit.
  • I believe the saving work of God is unselfish, too merciful and made out of love.
  • It’s already done and still happening – complete and incomplete at the same time
  • It transforms people, brings them to conversion, brings healing.
  • (Broad question!) I believe that it is just that: the work of GOD! I can cooperate, I can put in effort, but ultimately it is God who calls me and who gives me the grace to surrender to Him. Also, the saving work of God is not just to get us to heaven, but to make us as full and beautiful as he originally designed in an unfallen world.
  • It can be done in the most simple ways, even if you are not involved in ministry.
  • Jesus gave up his life for our sins, and because of this we get to go to Heaven. God is our Father and loves, and you can’t help love someone back who loves you like that. God looks out for us because we are his children.
  • I believe that all things are possible through God. It is just up to us as humans to know God’s works through communicating with him in prayer.
  • Big question! God desires all to be saved and so its not just a light wish but a serious desire meaning God makes salvation available to all. As a Christian I believe this is through the missions of the Son and the Spirit.
  • By striving every moment of our lives to act out of love to help others, this will bring us closer to God, and help us to receive the eternal gift of life when our bodies die. When we physically die, our spirit will continue to live.
  • I believe that its our duty as human beings to have a share in this work of God by reaching out to those in need in our own community.
  • that it happens every day and we don’t see it or allow ourselves to see it, focusing only on what’s wrong rather than what’s right. It is good for us to see our faults but to see them and feel hopelessness rather than seeing an opportunity is something that God can turn around.
  • That God has already saved us and that we are His, but only if we choose to believe in Him. He is there constantly trying to help us get through the obstacles of life through the Holy Spirit. It is through the Holy Spirit that we know what is right and wrong.
  • its gentle and subtle, it encourages and nurtures, it changes hearts, situations slowly, its about transformation
  • Interesting. I believe God saves everyone who believes in him.

3. How is Jesus your Redeemer?

  • He died on a Cross, becoming sin for me, in order to reconcile me to the Father. This message is relevant today because of the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance and the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, which the Church calls the “Source and Summit of Christian spirituality.” The Real Presence (His body, blood, soul and divinity) re-presents Christ’s Sacrifice, and is a saving perpetual memorial, where Heaven meets earth and earth is renewed. That is how Christ is my Redeemer and that is how He is Redeemer to any serious believing non-cafeteria Catholic.
  • He saves me from only living my life by sin every day and he gives me hope when I let him work through me and change the lives of everyone around me.
  • Jesus is the savior of the world, He was walked on the earth as a man to show us the way the truth and the life. He came here and walked among us sinless, and because of his true, pure and endless love for all mankind, he paid the ultimate sacrifice for me. He bought my ticket to heaven, he paid a heavy price for my soul.
  • I make Him part of my life in the morning before I start my day and throughout the rest of my day. He has died so that I may live and I look to Him for guidance and to live a holy life. He is the ultimate example of how we are to live. He is close to my heart.
  • Well, I was wounded and deserving of punishment for the sins I committed. Yet through it all, His innocent blood was the only thing that could save me. He did it even when I didn’t know about Him, and when I often forgot after knowing.
  • Jesus is my Redeemer, as he changed me into a servant of all. He redeemed my selfish life into a selfless one.
  • Through Confession and changing my ways, I will be forgiven.
  • in Christ I find a true friend; I find the ultimate example of what I aspire to be like; Jesus forgives and welcomes the marginalized, the oppressed, the sinner in that loving welcome, I find peace and comfort, that I too can be redeemed, if only I dare believe
  • In the Eucharist.
  • He accepts me where I am and calls me to deeper and fuller life through his love.
  • He saved me from my sins and from myself
  • Jesus gave me life again, and a purpose for living. I was so lost and didn’t even see a point life before I found a relationship with Jesus.
  • Jesus is my redeemer by the way he gets into my hurts and pain and helps me through them and past them. He is my redeemer by the way he brings me to his father and says, “Her. I want her with me forever.”
  • Jesus came to us to set us free from our sins. Now it’s up to us to acknowledge Christ in our lives daily and allow Him to Free us over and over.
  • He Speaks to us sometimes very obviously, other times it is more difficult to see or hear.
  • Jesus is a friend in all situations. He is like our closest relative (during bible times). Jesus stays with us all the time. He recreates us anew after sin.
  • A Redirection, that makes Him a focus.
  • He is always there, without fail. As long as I know he loves and supports me, all bad things aren’t so bad and all good things are that much better.
  • He is always there to depend on.
  • He is the only One who is there when no one else is.
  • Because He died on the cross – sacrificed His life for all of humanity. Does love get any better than this?
  • Jesus is my redeemer because he gave his life up to save me.
  • I think redemption is Trinitarian, so the Trinity redeems. Jesus does things in a way appropriate to his human-divine nature. These are things that only he can do as human. So in revealing God’s love by dying on the cross for humankind.
  • Jesus shows the direction in the Gospels, and Jesus leads us in the direction of God through others. Jesus walks with us as we discern the path to God. And Jesus stands at the “finish line” calling us to himself.
  • Jesus died for my sins. He conquered sin once and for all.
  • He died in perfection, that I may be redeemed by his love and sacrifice every time I fall on this earth. No matter what I do, I always have the chance to embrace God as long as I am still alive. I am loved.
  • Jesus is my redeemer because he opened the gates to heaven.
  • Jesus is my Redeemer by every day being a constant reminder to follow him in order to find true purpose and happiness. Through prayer, I become closer to Jesus, and this helps to keep me grounded, balanced, and helps me to keep perspective. Prayer in this way, I guess in a sense redeems me from straying often away from Him, creating more obstacles in my life. Jesus saves me in the little ways throughout the day.
  • Jesus is my Redeemer because he teaches me to live for God and for others as well as myself
  • He is always here; I turn to him in joy, fear, sadness and praise.
  • Jesus is my redeemer because he died for everyone, including me. I am not perfect and so I realize that I need Him.
  • He is the one who is there when everyone else leaves. When all else falls away he is holding me up.
  • If I believe Jesus died for me and was the son of God….therefore the living God. His death is what gives me life.
  • Jesus is my redeemer because he is an example that I am human and although I may do wrong and have things thrown in my face, God is a light I can go to when all that surrounds me is darkness.

4. In what ways do you think the world is in need of hearing about “Redemption”?

  • The world needs to hear the message that Christ is Risen and that not only is He Risen, but His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church is still is the business of healing the Soul through the Sacraments. We are His extended Body in the world, entrusted by Jesus Christ to preach the Gospel by word and especially example. The world has sadly rejected Christ’s Church and has been duped with the message that personal sins don’t matter, only society and to go with the times. Yet, in the words of the Venerable Fulton J. Sheen , “society is not an entity except in the mind”, and “the only reality there is in the world is a Soul!” And so this is the Church’s Divinely appointed mission: to stand for the culture of life, and be a light to those who stand in darkness, so they may too may know of Salvation through Christ and His One True Church: The Catholic Church.
  • reference point – see where they are in life.
  • The world has given up because they either believe they can get instant forgiveness at the end of their lives, or that there is no forgiveness.
  • people in darkness – enslaved by sin, choices, past mistakes – need freedom
  • Hearing about what it is and understanding the Redemption.
  • We need to redeem the value of faith and religious practice.
  • freedom from the media.
  • In what ways aren’t we?
  • I don’t know that people need to hear the word as much as experience the loving reality of restoration to community with God, Church and one another.
  • Simple ways that the common person can understand.
  • I personally believe that showing not hearing is more effective and show how God redeems.
  • -our youth in particular need to hear more and more about redemption, for they are products of a culture that glorifies sin, violence and materialism
  • -there is so much negativity out there and Christ brings light, hope, peace and joy to that darkness
  • In the way of the people not knowing the Redeemer express to them.
  • That if you want it then you have to show it and work towards it with all your might. You can be saved from any and all.
  • The world is in chaos
  • Rebirth is needed to glorify God.
  • The world needs to be redeemed from the culture of death. It needs to know the church may not always run smoothly, but if Jesus is our point of reference, everything is truly blest by God.
  • In terms of guilt.
  • The more worldly you become, the more the message of redemption becomes the obvious answer. The problem is figuring out how to present it.
  • I believe that people need to be reminded that god is ever present and that his love is endless. Being a part of a young adults group in my own parish, we are spreading the good news in social activities, service activities, and in spiritual gatherings as well. The days of standing on a soap box doesn’t work. I like the idea of sharing god’s love in everyday life. Social gatherings with others. I think people do thirst for the good news but many are afraid to ask for it in our society, which is why we do the social outings, to give people a chance to ease into things. Coming back to church after being gone is scary, I know, I did it.
  • The world needs to hear that the world is already redeemed and that we are already redeemed sinners.
  • In ways like: 1. to free them of whatever sin they are enslaved; 2. to unburden worries we yoke ourselves; 3. to respond in our responsibility for Christ’s death because it did happen; and 4. to claim back the humanity which God destined us to be and not become animals without soul – thus acting with disregard to those who are weaker and cannot defend themselves.
  • The world needs change. The world needs to know that they CAN be changed, for the better, if they simply accept that they can. It doesn’t take much, just a decision – acceptance of the Redemptive act of Jesus Christ.
  • The world is messed up… it needs love, hope, true purpose found only in God.
  • Through all mediums – society needs to hear that God is a loving God, that He wants the best for each one of us but that we have free will and need to use it correctly. We need better movies, better entertainment and stronger families. Where does one even begin?
  • Spreading/ sharing and being an example. To be like Jesus to all.
  • Jesus gives life ‘Technicolor’ and without a relationship with him, life is not worth living. People have a natural yearning for love and for something more, a purpose. Jesus fulfills this yearning.
  • I think the world is especially in need of hearing about REDEMPTION as it pertains to our present existence. The world isn’t as concerned of late with eternal existence and heaven, but SO many people need to know the message of how Jesus can heal us NOW, of how Jesus can make past wrongs right, of how he CAN take away not just MY sins, but the sins of others AGAINST me. That’s big news, and it’s good news.
  • The world needs hope and faith. The world is full of sorrows, a valley of tears, especially lately. Because of all the war, now is an especially good time to tell people about Christ’s love.
  • They need to hear what they can do and how important they are.
  • Whenever we come across bitterness, resentment, lies, betrayal, hierarchy in society, ignorance to poverty, the list does go on; this is when the world is in need of hearing about redemption.
  • People are so busy fighting and trying to make money that they can’t see that there is a different way to do things. People deserve a second chance and a chance to be understood. If we stop, sometimes we can see the good in a person. We need to know that we can change the world, starting with ourselves.
  • Young people need to know through teaching at schools, through friendship and role models in their parishes and through other sources of media. Since the media is taken over by mostly our culture and it’s teachings, I think we need to get to the people through those media forms as well. Music gets to me and to my heart. I listen to a Christian radio station. Perhaps having more movies, music videos and media that use images, we will be able to better reach our youth. Basically everywhere we go, we should spread the word about “Redemption”.
  • We live in a pagan, often hedonistic world where God is nothing but a word. People have lost the true meaning and hope for which they were created. They live meaningless often angry lives. Redemption can change this.
  • Everyone can be forgiven but if we are always selfish it is much harder. Today in the world there are so many selfish, ignorant and violent people and if they felt stronger about redemption maybe they would think before they acted.
  • I think people really need to take the second to stop, and re-evaluate the choices they are making today, before there is no tomorrow. Redemption is something that one must find, and of course we make mistakes, but we need to find salvation in order to better ourselves and ask God for the strength to not make the same mistakes again.
  • The world needs the HOPE. Redemption is possible and is continuously taking place. If this was truly believed more people would actively be making it happen.
  • I believe that even in our churches we spread a lot of “fluff”. We are so scared that others will be scared away that we refuse to truly help people to be committed to Christ because we are not sharing with them the true “meat and potatoes” of our religion. We need to share with the world the amazing relationships that can be formed with and through Christ. It is only those who truly commit themselves to Christ that we will have people committed to the Church. We need to stand up with passion and pride and let people know what it is to be Catholic. We need to draw people closer to Christ through our sacraments and not just let them “go through the motions.” We need to provide programs that help people to renew their faith (like alpha) over and over again. If all the Catholics of the world were truly committed to Jesus and their faith, then and only then could we say that they have heard of REDEMPTION!
  • Being a teacher, I feel it is important to educate and inspire through stories and concrete examples… much like Jesus did! The world I think needs to hear about redemption as something tangible and something that can be achieved in steps, rather than an ultimate goal. This may seem overwhelming and impossible, but when broken into simpler ways, small tasks, then people will understand that redemption IS possible. Perhaps starting with the concept of redemption in the little everyday thing. Things that you can have an effect on in the pocket of the world that you have an effect on. For example, living the way Jesus did: helping others in need, reaching out to all of the poor, smiling at others, being friendly to those around you…
  • The world needs hear about redemption through our actions at first. then our words
  • The good works of others and their effect on humanity, regardless of the servant or recipient.
  • There is a lot of violence in the world and many people do not think that people can really change or that the world can really get better.
  • it’s part of everyday life not in conflict to it
  • I think most people, especially youth (I am a teacher). Simply recite what they have heard, or what they think they are supposed to believe. They world needs to see the connection between when it is said, “ Jesus died for you/us” Give them a methodical dot to dot of how that statement directly begins with Jesus and end with them.

5. How does the Good News of Plentiful Redemption need to be heard among the youth of the world today?

  • I see the youth look up to their parents but reject religion because the media only tells people to live for comfort and excess.
  • Music, media, we need some decent movies!
  • We need to hear truth about God
  • Start by evangelizing our own Catholic Community, before going out to others.
  • Invite through action
  • Youth are not going to read a book – it needs to be quick and convenient in your home (like the internet and media)
  • Making it more personal, relationships
  • World Youth Day
  • Good Teens, sense of belonging
  • They need to hear what they can do and how important they are.
  • In a positive, practical way and with solid examples
  • Understanding their world.
  • I don’t know that people need to hear the word as much as experience the loving reality of restoration to community with God, Church and with one another.
  • In ways that they understand and in ways that teach first hand about Christ and service.
  • Get them involved in Church gatherings and activities.
  • LOUDLY!
  • -our youth in particular need to hear more and more about redemption, for they are products of a culture that glorifies sin, violence and materialism
    -there is so much negativity out there and Christ brings light, hope, peace and joy to that darkness
  • Through service projects, retreats, good catechesis. More importantly, through relationship in the Catholic Community.
  • It needs to be a simple clear message that brings hope.

6. How does the Good News of Plentiful Redemption need to be heard among the youth where you live?

  • There is too much materialism where i live and people need to connect with God and people who work with his word.
  • The Good news of Plentiful Redemption, needs to be seen by the Catholic’s example. Friendship evangelism must be used! We must pray for them intensely and then go out to them, showing why we love them and earning the right to tell each individual youth that God is a saving and personal God and not some indifferent pie in the sky. The New Evangelization must be carried out, lest the Church’s youth depart Her for something more convenient and more popular. They are the next generation of Catholics!
  • Not sure what “plentiful redemption” means
  • Music, media, we need some decent movies!
  • It needs to be a call to action, a plea to help the poor.
  • We need to hear truth about God
  • Youth need to be affirmed a lot – encouraged, affirmed that they’re good people.
  • Through social networks.
  • they face pressure from adults – media – etc…..
  • Through youth organizations, more youth involvement at church, more retreats. I think retreats are a great way to get students involved in this. Retreats at Catholic High Schools?
  • It has to be said clearly, plainly and simply. The time is ripe for the young to hear something concrete – words that do not come and go like the fashion or opinions of people.
  • Understand that we need them.
  • Through relationships
  • in my high school, I see the need for this: so many of our youth are feeling overwhelmed and depressed; so many are struggling with “big issues” and feel alone; so many have turned off religion and feel no connection with The Church; so many are tempted by drugs and sex; so many feel they are beyond redemption
  • People not felling judged because of what they don’t know.
  • St. Francis’, “Share the Gospel always, use words sometimes”
  • Social Justice Club in High School
  • We need to be more involved in community assets: Health Care Centre, Food / Clothing Centre.
  • Focus on prayer.
  • Retreats – Young Adult Ministry and Youth Education – Having Seasonal Events.
  • Where I live, most of the young adults are involved and have heard the Good News and practice the Good News.
  • By encouraging them to participate.
  • In ways that they understand and in ways that teach first hand about Christ and service.
  • We need to find ways for youth to experience the fullness of joy in a loving community.
  • Providing programs which will bring them closer to God.
  • Start with people you have a relationship.
  • We are doing things in our parish, and in the KC area with other parishes. We have theology on tap, dinners out after mass. We try to find something new and different every month that might bring new people into our group.
  • It needs to be heard through our priests, our families and our friends.
  • They have to be shown, invited and accepted!
  • In any way. High violence and teen pregnancy. People are unhappy and overweight. They need something to live for.
  • It doesn’t need to be heard, as much as seen. The youth need to SEE that it can happen…they need to touch/see/observe in order to accept that it can happen to them.
  • What’s “plentiful” redemption mean? I think the world is especially in need of hearing about REDEMPTION as it pertains to our present existence. The world isn’t as concerned of late with eternal existence and heaven, but SO many people need to know the message of how Jesus can heal us NOW, of how Jesus can make past wrongs right, of how he CAN take away not just MY sins, but the sins of others AGAINST me. That’s big news, and it’s good news.
  • Young people have a hard time reconciling what they see to be acceptable with the bible. Such topics as sex before marriage, gay relationships, abortion, etc. I know I fell away from the church when I was a teenager because I loved my boyfriend, and we knew we were going to get married (which we did), but we were 16 and too young to get married at that time. I couldn’t understand how sex before marriage could be wrong in such a situation and because of this I could not understand and did not want to make an effort to know God. These type of issues need to be addressed in such a way that they will fit with the passionate views of young people. How to do this, I’m not sure.
  • The youth are the most spiritually starved in society today. Whereas one can say the older generations have rebelled against a religion-centred life, the youth have never been given a real chance at learning about God.
  • We need to talk about it more. We need to tell all kinds of people from all walks of life, not just in church.
  • I don’t know. Sometimes I wonder if it shouldn’t be preached, but rather learned on ones own accord…i.e. going to church
  • Our youth need to hear this message often! Those that are involved in a fundamental Church need to know that Redemption is possible – to all of creation. Those youth that are not involved in Church need to know that Redemption is possible and available for all!
  • Our Youth need to know that the church not only welcomes them, but that the church needs them as they are. So many youth hear over and over that they are not enough and this needs to stop. They need to know that they are to come as they are, and as they grow in their faith and love for Christ, he will make them whole and FREE!. We cannot minister to the church if we are judging them every step of the way. Unfortunately Our youth have no idea of the concept that Plentiful Redemption is even available. We need to join them where they are at and go into their world as Christ did with his followers so many years ago. We need to identify with our youth and let them know that they are more than enough. It is in their trust with us that they will open up. It is at this point then, that we can connect with them and share the Good news of Plentiful Redemption.
  • To be honest, I really don’t know the youth in my community. For youth in general however, see above… concrete and tangible means.
  • The Good news of Plentiful Redemption needs to be heard among the youth by the youth
  • By involving youth in servitude that shows them their power to make a difference, and that even inspiring one person is worth the effort because that inspiration and servitude gets passed on multi-fold!
  • Many don’t really think about it. Their lives for the most part are god and they do not realize or think they need redemption from anything. I think most people think if they haven’t committed a serious crime they are good.
  • It would have to be quietly. Where I am we don’t think/ talk about our faith in terms of redemption. We could talk about it in terms of what we are free from/ free to do.
  • Most youths, especially Catholics do not have a personal relationship with God. They go to church say rote memorized prayers, but are never taught how to pray. They are often taught to pray silently to themselves on their knees, but never aloud. Teach them how to pray and the types of prayers…prayers of thanks, prayer for confession, prayers of hope.
    How might you see the work of the Redemptorists responding to the needs of young people?
  • Earning their love and respect, by being consistent in your prayers for them and showing interest in their personal lives. After this has been accomplished than I envision you teaching and admonishing them of the Truth of Jesus Christ and His Church and how absolutely relevant, in this Oneness of Christ and Church, the Message of Salvation is. Their Souls are what matter the most.
  • By rejecting materialism, I find that that works for me at least, and i think people will respond to the poverty aspect.
  • I love hearing a redemptorist give a homily because they always seem to talk to me, not at me. People just need to have that experience more, than someone telling them what to do.
  • Interaction! Retreats! Talks! Youth and young people, at least the ones I work with, aren’t just interested in reading this stuff. They want to know how it affects YOUR life, and how it can affect THEIR lives, and then they’re even willing to tell their friends because you can’t fight honest truth. Basically, we want to see this redemption stuff in action.
  • Listening – Young people want to tell their stories.
  • Counselling – Young people are confused about life, the world and God’s good news!
  • I would need to learn more about this first – it sounds like you have a great youth program already.
  • I am quite impressed that the numerous activities like S.E.R.V.E., Liguori Circle, Dialogue, etc, are already set up. I think people, like myself, need support to carry out the faith. I know we’re all responsible for our actions and behaviours – the faith we profess. But we all need someone to show us because some were never shown it at the beginning.
  • Redemptorists are “people” people. Anyone can relate and easy to approach!
  • -when Father Santo celebrated our school masses in September, students responded with renewed energy: here is but one example of how you can respond (Ministry of Presence in our schools)-school visits/classroom visits to “spread the Good News” and thereby validate what we are trying to teach them
  • Providing a place for us to come together and express our faith.
  • Liguori Circle, SERVE, Dialogue, Rallies, Bible Study, Retreat Teams
  • Worship Nights…. with Eucharistic Adoration (Catholic Spin)
  • Young people need a lot of support and advice. Redemptorists are great for this.
  • I see Redemptorists offering young people a challenge to a deeper and fuller experience of life, and providing them with tools and a community in which to respond to that challenge.
  • By being open minded and asking us what we think (ex. Dialogue)
  • By getting involved with them.
  • I believe that the Redemptorists respond to the needs of young people by talking and getting involved with the young adults.
  • By letting them see that they are human.
  • This week (Dialogue 2006), I have seen Redemptorist priests speaking and conversing with me, listening to me, respecting me, responding to me. If more clergy like the ones here took the time to listen (=respect) to young people, more young people would be involved.
  • Proclaiming the importance of salvation in their lives.
  • Website – Promo Merchandise
  • By offering them a different way to express their creativity other than thru sex and violence. By teaching them to channel their energy positively and helping them become aware that they are responsible for how they treat others.
  • There needs to be a place that is widely known by young people where they can go and ask questions about the Catholic Faith. I don’t think they would go to a church to do this, and they wouldn’t normally know where else to go. And it should be people that are able to relate to young people so they don’t feel shy to ask the questions they want to and need to ask.
  • I would love to see the Redemptorists come to my community present a model for youth ministry based on Redemptorist Spirituality!
  • TALK TO THEM! Youth are badly in need of relationship…they want people to talk to them. They want role models. They want someone to care about them. If the Redemptorists would take the time to go into schools, be interested in each child, and form a relationship with each of them, that would be the BEST response ever.
  • In continuing their many programs such as SERVE and Liguori Circle. A ministry of presence. It seems that “programs” are what parishes are after – perhaps the Redemptorists could develop a program based on Redemptorist Spirituality that parishes could adopt.
  • I am sorry but I don’t know too much about the work of the Redemptorists, but perhaps involvement with youth on a personal basis is a good start.
  • Make God real. Bring Him to the streets, to the video games, to the internet, to night clubs. They must view God as loving instead of contradicting their lifestyle. Then they’ll use these things as God wills.
  • From the Redemptorists that I have known, I have seen an extreme love for Christ and His children in them. I have seen humanity, humor, love, and acceptance. I have seen men who are willing to accept youth for who they are… and then help them to draw a deeper love for Christ themselves… Now we just need more Redemptorists… We need to find a way to revert back to the old. What was it in the olden days that helped families to focus on the religious vocations instead of trying to breed the next super star? How can we help our families to focus together on discerning a vocation through the church. It is the lack of commitment that we are receiving from our people that we need to work on. We need to make our churches their church instead of just expecting them to come weekly and sit their. We need to welcome our families into ministries in the church before we can expect our world to have any knowledge of redemption… In short, we need to work together to welcome our youth one by one, we have to stop worrying about scaring them away. We need to be Radicals as Christ was and spread the word of God in everything that we do. It is only by infiltrating the youth’s world and living our lives by example that we will be responding to the youth’s needs.
  • Currently I’m doing anything I can in my community but would be very open and willing to work the Redemptorist community to spread the Good News.
  • I haven’t seen any personally so that’s a hard question. I also don’t feel like they should be pushy because I hate when people try to push their religion on me.
  • In my opinion, the Redemptorists have been doing an awesome job in reaching out to young people. Having experienced SERVE and Dialogue opportunities, I can see the effect that these programs have had. As a young person, I feel very respected as a young adult and welcomed by the community.
  • The Redemptorists have already been known to have a variety of different programs geared to youth. I may perhaps see these programs branch so that more communities can benefit. Young people need to be welcomed to the Church, especially young women as the Church is geared primarily to men. The future of the Church lies in the hands of the youth which is why it is important to incorporate us and welcome us to come together in faith, sharing with others our ideas, prayer, together as a community and service, wherever there is need
  • By involving youth in servitude that shows them their power to make a difference, and that even inspiring one person is worth the effort because that inspiration and servitude gets passed on multi-fold!
  • Come to area schools, like grade schools or high schools and give talks to teens. Or have area retreats for teens.
  • Presence. The biggest testament was that you cared enough to be with us, take time for us.
  • The Catholic world needs to meet the Protestant world in a strong and profound way. They will know we are Christians by our love…..

7. How might you be able to participate in bringing the Good News of Plentiful Redemption to our broken world?

  • In the words of the Venerable Fulton J. Sheen (I know I’ve quoted him…but I love his heart): “So on the Mountain you have the ecstasy, and down below you have the action……we must become profoundly spiritual before we become active!” Today, we live in a very chaotic world – a world filled with constant noise and little listening to God. We as laity must silence our hearts, and go on the receiving end of prayer, a most difficult task especially with our I-PODS and cell phones! So much activity and where is it getting us, while the world awaits our witness. Therefore, spiritual union with Christ (the Mountain) must come first before we climb down for the action. Even Saints like Mother Theresa would agree, as she took one day a week for complete silence.
  • I would love to be a role model in the media that people can look up to and just working in my community can change the lives of the rich and the poor.
  • Acts of kindness……hopefully they’ll be contagious!
  • I am working in my parish and in the diocese with young adult groups. By having the fun “non-religious” outtings and social events I think puts people more at ease and I believe that when a few people experience it that they will tell there friends and that will not only bring catholics back to church, but may also bring in new folks who want to know more about christ and his endless love that he has for us all.
  • I need to change myself first. I’d like to help but I need to help myself first. There’s no way I can help when I don’t know how to give it in the first place. It’s like love isn’t it? The steps I’m following are these: know and love my God (prayer, bible, mass, devotions, etc) and then volunteer to help the needy. Both must be done together. It’s a coin – one side is the faith and the other side is the obedience to do it.
  • Right now, by treating people with kindness, giving to the poor, and encouraging those who doubt themselves.
  • Getting involved in Social Justice
  • Teach as Teachers
  • Pray
  • Being an example in workplace, school, home, social settings, etc. (Living example)
  • -as the Chaplaincy Team Leader and Religion Teacher, I feel very passionate about bringing hope to our youth and show them that Christ is “cool”
  • Being the example I need to be.
  • Serving in areas such as those listed above.
  • Prayer
  • I could tell my friends, or visit with the poor.
  • Personal Relationship with God is a must for each of us.
  • Live the Gospel.
  • Love and Compassion.
  • Outreach House.
  • Keep doing what I am doing in the churches, volunteering, teaching.
  • Becoming involved.
  • Service, loving, sharing in the small everyday task.
  • I want to give the silent witness of brotherly presence as well as be fearless in speaking a hope that is deeply rooted in my heart and life.
  • Youth involvement, through teaching, church activities, wherever I can.
  • I’m working towards becoming a youth minister because I think that a relationship with Jesus is the most important thing in a person’s life, and if I can plant a seed that will someday grow into this in a young person, I think it’s the most rewarding service I could ever provide.
  • By doing what I am doing now. Living in that Redemption – and never being afraid to say it.
  • By living as an example of constant return to Christ to receive redemption over and over again.
  • Throughout my daily life, I try to live like a good catholic woman. I believe that this may possibly inspire others to look for the good in the world. Through this, they would be receiving their version of the good news.
  • Becoming a Redemptorists in spirit, attitude and belief!
  • I can talk to everyone I know, but first must feel confident and knowledgeable about what I am talking about. This confidence often comes from the Holy Spirit, which stems from having a personal relationship with God. Once we are close to God, we will lead by example.
  • I think I would organize a youth group that does what the youth might consider interesting. Bring a group dancing, to a coffee shop at night or a restaurant. Don’t be afraid of ‘sinful’ venues because Christ conquers sin once and for all.
  • Through my creative talents.
  • I strive everyday to bring this message to my students. Teaching in a Catholic school, I am presented with opportunity often to bring the News of Jesus, Redemption and God’s love to my students and the students within my community.
  • By participating in local programs that help those in need, by volunteering and getting in contact with the nearest Redemptorists to see what programs are available
  • Through prayer; as a lay person willing to show my own mistakes and participate & encourage others in initiatives that focus on the needs of others.
  • Through service and by praying more, and I how I treat others.
  • on the Redemptorist High School Retreat Team in Toronto I really feel like I am doing that. Beyond that, with school, I have limited time and energy but I can be present in my relationships.
  • I teach youth everyday in inner city Houston. I believe love, knowledge and understanding can bring peace to our world.
  • By dancing. My voice is not only in my vocal chords and mouth, but it’s in my body, and sometimes just expressing a message through something that isn’t so in your face as a lecture, sometimes it makes you think more.
  • Besides what I’m already doing? Well, that depends. Do you have a full-time job for me yet, Santo? ;)