MANILA, Nov. 19, 2014 — Who makes you happy? This is a question members of the pro-life youth group, Love + Life Philippines poses to other young Filipinos, hoping they realize only in Jesus can people find joy.
“Many of us young people tend to look for happiness in all the wrong places and by all the wrong means. But the truth is, the search will never end until we let Jesus into our hearts,” Anna Cosio, Love + Life Philippines Secretary General, said in an interview, drawing wisdom from a line from Pope Francis’ 2013 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium that says, “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.”
According to Cosio, who is a registered nurse by profession, only Jesus can truly fill the emptiness in young people’s hearts and ease the loneliness they feel.
Love + Life Philippines Vice President for Internal Affairs Paul Richard Guimary talked about how “society projects a different kind of joy, a different perpespective of satisfaction and fulfillment” that is temporary, at best.
“…At the end of each encounter we tend to realize that there is an abyss left to be filled. On the contrary, the encounter with Jesus is way far different,” he explained.
Although not a guarantee to 24/7 stress-free living, an encounter with Jesus, Guimary explained, gives believers the “assurance that in brokenness, we are blessed to start all over again, [as] a new person filled with joy, strength and love.”
Alyssa Judith Reyes, also a Love +Life Philippines pioneering member and the National Shrine of Christians Parish youth coordinator, shared how young people should strive to encounter Jesus, not just through religious activities, but also in ordinary, daily life.
Reyes said young people are also called to encounter to Jesus by serving others.
Love + Life Philippines is the lead convenor of pro-life youth groups in the country, which include World Youth Alliance, Pure Fashion – Manila, CFC – Singles for Christ, CFC – Youth for Christ, Filipinos for Life, and other diocesan youth ministries in Metro Manila, among others. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz)