In today’s society, it can sometimes seem impossible for young people to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. Mixed messages are everywhere, telling young people the best way to find success, love, and happiness. But to be a follower of Christ is to live by an example that is different than that of our consumer society. In John’s Gospel, Jesus says that his disciples “are not of the world” (John 17:16). So how to take the next steps into Catholic Adulthood? How can a young person become an adult in today’s society while still being faithful to the Gospel? How to take the next steps into Catholic Adulthood? Here is the answer.
Finding a Career in Christ
What you do for work determines much of your adult life, and finding a career is no small task. There are many jobs that work towards building the Kingdom of God in our society by helping others, such as medicine or social work. These are great jobs for young Catholics to consider, as they involve working for those in need.
As Jesus reminds us, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). Jesus also tells us that he came down from Heaven that we “…may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). What is most important is to find a job that you deeply enjoy that uses your God-given talents. In this way, you glorify God every day by using these talents. If you have a career that uses your skills and gives you deep joy, then you are working to fulfill Christ’s purpose of us having an abundant life.
Praising God with your Property
When it comes to taking the next steps into adulthood, buying property is a huge one. To do this in a Catholic way, consider thinking of creative uses for your new home or apartment. If you’re in an area with a lot of art and creativity, perhaps you could use your home to create a community space for others. In addition, you can consider owning a property with friends or family in mind, allowing others to share in your gifts.
Finding a blessed Better Half
Perhaps the single most important step a young person takes when becoming an adult is choosing who they will spend the rest of their life within marriage. Building a life with another is no easy task, but ultimately, it’s an incredibly rewarding one. Youth groups, volunteer programs, and Catholic-themed social clubs are all some ways to meet the right partner. There are plenty of these types of programs at local parishes, and if your parish doesn’t have one, consider starting one yourself. In this way, you can find the right person to spend the rest of your life with as you raise a family devoted to Christ.
Although being a young Catholic today is perhaps more challenging than ever, there are many steps one can take to becoming a Catholic adult. Trying the tips above are just some of the ways to grow your relationship with God while taking the next steps into adulthood.