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ExtEnsion34doesnothaveatwinsomewhereinPharrTexasorinDetroitMichiganorthatmatterHowcanthishappenWemightaseas-ilyaskwhenhopeinthegoodnessoliewasdrivenomhimandthenwhentheconsciencelostitsvoice.TogivethekindopastoralattentionIamtalkingaboutwehavetondwaystocoordinateincommonthepastoraleortsinparishesonbehaloamiliesandonbehaloyouth.Sometimestheseendupbeingseparateeforts.Particularlywhendealingwiththeyoungerdemographicwemustbesensitivetotheactthatparentsarelookingorsaeandprotectedsituationsortheirmiddleschool-agechildrentodevelopastrongsocialandmoralsenseaswellasasenseobelonging.Todoelmundoquierepertenecertomarparte.Andiouryoungerchildrendonotndtherightplacetobelonginthewidercommunityotheparishtheywilleasilyndthemselvesinvitedtobelongtoagangoracartel.Weshouldbeexpertsinthisbasichumandesireorcommunityabouthavingaplaceandhavingsomethingtocontribute.AlsoIthinkwehavetodomuchbetteratteachingthisyoungerde-mographicaboutthebeautyandnobilityoacalltogoodnessandholiness.Thelivesosaintscanbepowerulinthisaspectoyouthormation.IsomeonehadnottoldmeaboutthelieoMaximilianKolbewhenIwasstartinghighschoolandnothandedmeabookabouthimIdoubtIwouldbeheretoday.SometimesIthinkweadultsdonottrulyappreciatehowanexampleogenerosityandcharityimpactstheconscienceoayoungperson.Maybewegetcyni-calaboutsuchthings.Buttheheartoachildisasacredplaceandtheearlyimpressionsothesacred-nessolieandthegoodnessoGodcanhavealielongimpact.IadmiretheyoungmanCarlosandotherslikehimwhohavethecouragetogotoMassandreligiouseducationclasseshetookariskinsayingnotothegang.WheredoessuchcouragecomeominayoungpersonItisomtheLord.Somethingpowerulgotthroughtohimandheandwearethebet-terorit.Doweactuallyknowhowim-portantitiswhatwedoeverydayintheChurchOrdoweourselvesgiveintoaquietdespairthatre-allydoubtsthatintheenditmat-tersverymuchFamilytimeandsoccergamesSundayMassandparishestivalsconrmationclass-esandserviceprojectsbaseballgamesandholyhoursorpeacerstCommunionsandconessionlinesyouthralliesamilyrosariesBetweenChristanddespairgthereisnosafesecularspacewhereweallhappilymindourownbusiness.andmusicalconcertsatimetobeto-getherandatimetobesilentatimetowashcarsandatimetocleanuptheparishgroundsretreatsandcharis-maticprayermeetings.Thelistcouldgoon.WhatarethesethingsTheyarewhatwedotobuildupasenseowhatitmeanstolivethislieinthecondencethataithgivesusinthegoodnessandbeautyolie.Thesearethethingswedotobuildupthatsenseoprayercommunityandser-vicethatmakeuptheessenceowhatitmeanstobebelieversandtooferlighttothenextgeneration.ThesearesomeothethingstheLorddoestohelpusinourtimesoseveretrial.TheconscienceandcourageweseektoinculcateinourcommunitiesistheleaventhattheLordgivestohispeoplethroughhispeople.Hegiveshisgracethroughuswalkingtogetherthroughthepilgrimageolie.TotheLordoliewhogivesusthesegistoHimbegloryoreverandever.Amen.BISHOPsCommentary