Be wary of companies, Plateau youths admonished
From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Youths have been charged to support one another towards pursuing a moral and decent way of living and they should be careful of companies they keep among themselves.
Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Ecclesiastical Province of Abuja made the disclosure in Jos, the capital of Plateau State recently at the closing of the 17th General Assembly of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos.
He observed that a lot of youths sign into all sorts of horrible songs just to make money out and many younger ones want to be like them.
According to him, it is more difficult to be a youth now, recalling 70 years ago when he was a youth that even though today’s youths have more space, more options, but they are confused, because they don’t know what do and where to go.
“This is why it is important to support one another and make yourselves available to be guarded to chose the right guards and the right teaching to make up correction and to know what to take and what not to take, what to read and what not to read, what to access in the internet and what to delete immediately,” he urged.
He also urged the priests to be aware that the young men who come to them may have a serious problem, adding that any younger Rev.Fr under 35 years may grow up in this new age and would have a great responsibility.
Cardinal Onaiyekan further urged the older priests to assist younger ones in solving the problems they may have with their parishes.
He further cautioned the younger ones to be vigilant and not to assume that being younger; they have plenty of time to repeat.
According to him, now that he is 75, he will be a fool to say that he has plenty of time, “while I know, I don’t have plenty of time, but when you are 20, 30, 40 you can be tempted to take time and can still go around with your lamps that you have no oil and by the time you are 60, 70, you will be there looking for oil,” he added.
He encouraged the young people not to delay in pursuing their holiness.
“I think the youths should the heart of a the DNA of a Christian faith, we should not forget that Jesus was also a young man, who died at the age of 33, today he would have been a member of Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (CYON),” he said.
He explained that most of the apostles of Jesus were about the same age, adding that their Church began as group of young people, saying that “except you change and become like little children you will not enter the gate of heaven.”
He said that the Christian faith, at its early nature, was a company of young people.
Speaking on Archbishop Ignatius Y. Kaigama’s new appointment to Abuja, he said a major decision has been taken and he was preparing his mind for the next stage in his ministry.
According to him, Archbishop Kaigama has spent almost 20 years in the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos and sewed a lot of seeds many of which are still growing and the harvest is for someone else to rip and this is how it has always been in the Church.