The Reverend Father Samuel Filton-Mensah, the Administrator of the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Adabraka, on Tuesday urged the youth in the country and beyond to dissociate from bad companies that lead them into immoral practices.
He said involvement of the youth in immoral and deviant practices such as drug addiction, alcoholism, homosexuality, abortion, prostitution, and rape had become rampant and could destroy their future if not checked.
Rev. Fr. Filton-Mensah said this during a Christmas Mass held at the Cathedral to celebrate the festive season.
“The youth should see in the midst of all the challenges confronting them that the future holds beautiful promises for them, and stay away from friends who do not help them to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ,” he said.
“They should rather associate with those who are able to encourage them through righteousness and teach them by way of good example.”
Rev Fr Filton-Mensah noted that society had become corrupt, therefore the citizenry needed to depend on Jesus Christ to prevent them from ruining their lives.
“So the youth, whose future is beautiful, stand the risk of losing their future if they failed to give their lives to Christ. Christians must understand that Jesus Christ did not only come for them but for all humanity and should, therefore, extend that same love, compassion and generosity to all humanity”.
He advised non-Christians to emulate the Christ-like way of life to be empowered.
“He came unto his own, and his own did not receive him, but as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believed in his name,” Rev. Fr Filton-Mensah quoted from the Bible.
Explaining what Christmas demands from Christians, he said Christmas mandates Christians to re-dedicate their lives to Christ and live peacefully with one another.
He advised Christians to share the little they have with others, especially the less privileged, to make them happy.
“There are too many people suffering in our communities, families and churches and we want Christians to reach out to these people by sharing with them the little they have because that is the essence of Christmas”.
Making suggestions on how to retain the youth in the Church that were joining other non-Catholic churches, he said the Catholic Church needed to invest and intensify its empowering programmes for the youth to enable them to identify their talents.