Synodality, a youth value and for young people

Carolina Jaramillo is a youth and youth ministry agent in Mexico City. She participates in the Augustinian Recollect Youth and due to her commitment she has been called to an active and continuous ecclesial service. She wants everyone to experience the value of community for the friendship, joy, happiness, and mutual support it provides.
Carolina Jaramillo, JAR Testimonies | 2022 May 04 | Mexico City

Walking together as a Church, knowing how to listen to each other, putting our gifts at the service of others and sharing our different charisms with others, I believe that all of this is what we can express with a single word: synodality.

At the end of 2019 I received a new mission that God entrusted to my heart: to accompany young people as a liaison for the Youth and Vocational Ministry in the Deanery to which my Parish belongs within the V Zone of the Archdiocese of Mexico.

Since then I combine it with the task I already had, that is, to accompany the JAR group (Augustinian-Recollect Youth) of the Parish of Jesus Christ Crucified, Avante neighborhood, in Mexico City.

Working with young people is a challenge that brings great satisfaction and many learnings; and of course also some other challenges and problems to overcome.

All these years I have enjoyed living with the different youth groups and movements, with the consecrated and with the priests, our support to continue working as a team. And we have all made an effort to carry out synodality: to unite as a young Church to work for the Kingdom of Heaven.

It has not been easy, there are always people who resist a new path. However, by the grace of God we have formed a kind of alliance, a community, a family that has fostered meetings where we all collaborate with our charisms and gifts at the service of God and our brothers.

The objective is not to compete to see which group has the most young people or who carries out the most striking activities or with the most convening power. We are aware that, despite our differences, we all have the same goal: that the young person meet Christ personally.

In these times when young people have less tendency to be part of the Church, we must unite to feel accompanied and offer a more consistent project; always trusting in God, who disturbs and will continue to disturb more and more hearts.

It has been very pleasant to confirm so many new friendships between the young people in our groups, the trust they gain in asking each other for advice, the support they offer each other; We also admire how happy they are when we live together or when they feel the closeness of consecrated persons and priests with the youth.

What has developed around me in these two years of work in the Deanery has been a pure blessing from God. Moved by the Holy Spirit, young people, consecrated persons and priests have collaborated in this great mission. Each one of us is and belongs to the body of Christ that makes up his beloved Church.

To conclude, I would like to share the invitation of Pope Francis to each young person:

“Love the Church, take care of the Church and walk with the Church. The Church is all of us and not just a small group. Let's take care of each other, let's take care of each other."

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