Forming the Youth Through Football (Part 1)
Let the older generation stop complaining about the alleged defects of the Z generation. The youth of today are accused of spending too much time with their smart phones. They are supposed to lack discipline, unable to focus on one activity at a time, constantly multitasking, with a very short attention span. They also are faulted for lacking loyalty and commitment to any organization, butterflying from one job to another. I can go on and on. I would rather take the positive approach of Pope Francis who gave a very practical advice on how to develop the appropriate virtues among the youth. One answer he gave in his post-synodal apostolic exhortation address to young people and to the entire people of God (entitled “Christ is Alive) is sports. Let me quote paragraph 227 of this recent document.