Yesterday among friends, we were talking about this post on youth and CCD and it was commented that a parish youth program needs more than just an orthodox CCD class: that Catholic young people, especially today (and in especially also in the South where Catholics are scarce), need fellowship also.
My original post was more directed in reaction to those youth programs which try to hide the truth under so much sugar-coating and gimmick in fear that young people won't respond to Truth which is counter to our secular culture. On the contrary, young people will respond to challenges. Yet those challenges cannot simply take place in a lecture. Love is the necessary ingredient!
Man is a social being. We work out our salvation-not in a vacuum unto ourselves-but in the world, amongst our family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. Young people need the support of a Christian community no less (and even more-so) than the rest of us.
I am immediately reminded St. James' admonishment:
And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?