Reaching Young Adults by Dave VanVickle Studies of young adults in the United States address the sky rocketing use of social me- dia. It seems my generation is, quite liter- ally, constantly communicating. An endless supply of knowledge is at their fingertips within a few short keystrokes on a smartphone, and new songs, videos and games are being streamed directly to their location any moment they feel the need. This is why it can be surprising to hear what the article confirmed – that de- spite the incredible access they have, young adults are for the large part bored, anxious, lonely, broken, meaningless and without direction. I am sure that most people reading these studies come away discouraged and worried. They see a lack. Reading these words might conjure up an image of something being bro- ken without hope. Yet those of us who have experienced new life in the power of the Holy Spirit walk away with the opposite frame of mind. When I read words like loneliness, anxiety, and boredom I do not see an image of something broken but an image of an empty receptacle, maybe an empty glass, waiting desperately to be filled. I see only po- tential for the Lord to break through. This is why the National Service Committee and the Re- newal at large is turning its focus to respond to this empti- ness that seems to permeate young adults today. As we all know when God sees an emptiness he aches to fill it. Imag- ine a new Pentecost happening in the Young Adult com- munity. Imagine gifts of healing, prophecy, discernment, tongues, words of wisdom and knowledge with the power to heal, renew and bind up, falling on the next generation. What our world needs is a massive missionary effort to bring Jesus Christ, not just to foreign lands, but to our neigh- bors, to the streets and to the workplace. I can think of no better way to ignite this campaign than making the grace of baptism in the Holy Spirit known to my generation. We are desperate to be filled and ready to go out. Come Holy Spirit! ◆
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization at St. Bonaventure's Church in Pittsburgh, PA.