From May 31to June 2, 2014, at the headquarters of the RYVM of Naples atColle Sant’Alfonso (Mount St. Alphonsus) (Torre del greco [Tower of the Greek] – NA), the first summer school camp of this pastoral year was held.
Every year the RYVM of Naples, in communion with the Italian Church, organizes a youth meeting to reflect on vocation and Redemptorist consecration.This year’s theme, as suggested by the Italian Church, was “Be open to the Truth, you will bring Life.” This slogan comes from Pope Benedict XVI’s Encyclical Letter, Caritas in Veritate, no. 9. The text affirms that the Church is required to be aware of the need to fulfill a mission of truth “in every time and circumstance, for a society that is accommodated to man, to his dignity, to his vocation.”
The truth of life, which is well received and well given, is the fundamental project that God has placed in the heart of every woman and man. The RYVM is called to serve every person, so that each one might recognize in this project the realization of him or herself and his or her own truth.
To be open to a courageous search for the Truth means:
- to experience the transition from the spirit of fear to the Spirit of Love;
- to live one’s own experience of life as a reality not just to be suffered, but as a chosen and desired opportunity;
- to not be afraid to seek help from others, in order to learn to reconcile yourself with your own loneliness, your own uselessness, your own fragility;
- to learn to reconcile oneself with the fragility of one’s own sinful reality. Saint Paul said: “I see the good to be done, but I do the evil I do not want to do.”
Truth, then, leads to an attitude of experimented and given Mercy, as Pope Francis often reminds us. This message finds fulfillment in the experience of Redemption that Alphonsus de Liguori, with his companions, also announces in our day. In light of Redemptorist spirituality, this theme has been defined as a meeting of young people in order to seek the truth in Christ as a lifestyle choice.
There was the participation of about 80 young people for the meeting. Several priests and postulants who work intensely in RYVM were also present.
The meeting was marked by meditation on the Word of God, by workshops and by times of celebration. The most intense moment was the celebration of the Eucharist on June 1st, at 10 p.m., which was followed by the Eucharistic vocation vigil throughout the night.
(Translation: Fr. Joseph P. Dorcey, CSsR)