What is up with all this dislike and distaste for such an awesome event which we have to know as Youth Day?
I loved Youth Day, but thats just my opinion.
Maybe I feel this way because I am really not a fan of uptight, judgemental Catholics who are completely against the idea of Mass being fun. To me, these feelings stir up much more of an irreverence and distraction for our Church than a day where 14,000 come to experience Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, in a more intimate way, some for the first time (Oops, does that phrasing of Jesus sound too Evangelical or Protestant?).
Uptight Catholic response: "But it IS irreverant, its NOT Liturgy, can't you see that the youth should blahh blahh...and that they should be more blah blah...this is Liberal Protestantism...This is exactly why they....This is not a Mass, this not the way...blah blah..
My response: I urge you to listen to the words of a young person, I, we, actually really enjoy Youth Day. I am a youth, a proud Catholic-Christian who lives in Los Angeles in the year of our Lord 2012, and I've got some news for you folks, youth day enriches our faith and brings us closer to God. You see, we love the rallies that pump us up in preparation for some Catechesis. We enjoy the transition after them and before Mass via videos, music, in preparation for the Sacred Liturgy, we appreciate adults who meet us where we are, and we love to worship a God who we know is simply glad that we are rejoicing in His name, with or without drums. We love the fact that we can celebrate Mass anywhere, in our parish churches, the Cathedral and yes, a sports arena.
I pray for my fellow Catholics who worry so much about irreverence, that their eyes be open to seeing that one day they will grow old and alone into a church with no new generation filling the pews if we do not learn to love what is going on with our youth. We appreciate these type of catechetical events. We are not trying to change anything about our beautiful tradition, we are simply trying to make it our own faith. I thank God there are Catholic adults who work at the diocesan level who understand this and work hard to put such an experience on for us year after year, they work with us not against us. And I thank all the priests, and our new conservative Archbishop for partaking in this celebration.
Youth Day provides a renewal for me and my peers and inspires me to share the love of Christ with all, and it does provide an intimate (yes, even among 10,000 people) experience which every person both young and old can benefit from being a part of.
Next year, I invite all critics of Youth Day to actually attend and see firsthand what really goes on because watching a youtube video and commenting on how irreverent it is sounds a bit like taking something out of context and using it against a group, isnt that what fake Christian groups do when they misquote the Bible or take it out of context?
This post was not meant to offend anyone. It was solely meant to share the experience of one of the 14,000 people who went to Youth Day. I really do pray my fellow Catholics, those who make up the present and future of our Church, and peace to ALL of our Christian brothers and sisters.
Peace be with you.