I’m a teen (19) and let me tell you from experience among my peers. Most teens who profess any sort of religious faith, profess it nominally at best. It is such a sad thing to see. They bear the name Catholic/Christian, and put it as their Religion status on Facebook but everything else reflects a lifestyle contrary to those names.
Teens have become stupefied by a culture that spoon feeds them trash and tells them that is good for them. They are taught to distrust religion and any sort of belief in God but be true to their “natural” desires, inclinations, and how they feel about things, without giving thought to the notion that perhaps our natural desires are flawed and part of a fallen nature.
They can name the past 4 American idol winners but can’t name 4 books of the Bible let alone tell you how many books in the Bible there are. They are so eager to sit in front of a TV for hours a day watching an insignificant baseball game but cringe at the thought of sitting in Church 1 hour a week for Mass.
In short. Today’s teenagers would rather be served than serve. This is the root of the problem, and it has many manifestations.
its really distressing and sorrowful to see what is going on in our culture and the world, people are abandoning faith, and unwittingly abandoning reason with it. Sadly I dont think many parents realize the gravity or the extent of the struggles their teenagers face. I don’t think mine did, through no intentional fault of their own.
but I think whether subconsciously or consciously, Teens desperately want to have a relationship with God. They want a purpose, they want happiness, they want direction.
But sadly they are looking in the wrong places for purpose, direction, and happiness.
For purpose they devote themselves to radical ideologies like Marxism, militant atheism, etc. to feel as if they are important as if they can affect the world. And they will affect the world, but in a negative way.
For direction they depend on secular institutions to show them how to live and show them their destiny, rather than look to God and being with Him as their eternal destiny, and look to God for the precepts and principles on which their lives should be based.
For Happiness they look to sin. They look for instant gratification whether it be in sex, drugs, alcohol, or any destructive lifestyle, that destroys both body and soul.