The specific nuance of Christ-centeredness in ECYD is rooted in this friendship with Christ.

It is He who meets us naturally, when we’re with friends, even in a soccer game. It is Christ who makes himself present and invites the adolescents to follow him, to be his friends and apostles. Discovering this presence, often hidden within our ordinary lives, becomes key in ECYD.

Discovering Christ in everything that happens makes this friendship present to us on a daily basis.

ECYD adolescents listen to Him through His Word, meet Him in the sacraments, touch Him in the life and in the faces of those around us and in our apostolic activity, as one who remembers and meets us, His friends, whenever He can.

How do you discover the presence of Christ in your day to day life?

What helps you discover it?

Text of Pope Francis used in the video can be found here.

“To live ECYD is to experience a charism that is then incarnated in a lifestyle and mission.
It is the joy that springs forth in the adolescents when they discover that they are loved and called by Jesus Christ;
it is the initiative and creativity enkindled inside when they know they are engaged in a great mission in the light of eternity;
it is what happens within when they understand that an authentic and attractive Christianity can be lived, thus leaving a deep imprint in today’s world;
it is the strength given by being part of a group of friends who share the same ideals, and above all their faith.”