In your parish, the Church may be graying at the temples, but elsewhere across America and around the world young Catholics are ushering in a new springtime of faith and vitality for the Church you and I love.
Here veteran Catholic journalist Tim Drake introduces you to some of the surprising ways in which the Holy Spirit is working in the hearts of these Catholic young people today.
Youll meet teen groups dedicated to Christian service, to prayerful devotion, and to living a life of chastity. There are twentysomethings working together to deepen their knowledge of the Faith, to spread the gospel here and overseas, and to promote the Churchs teachings on marriage and the family.
Drake brings news of vibrant religious orders burgeoning with young members on fire for the Faith. He takes you into cyberspace, where web-savvy Catholics are using the Internet to evangelize secular culture. He reports from the epicenter of the Catholic youth movement World Youth Day where hundreds of thousands of young people gather to pray together and to show their love for the Pope and their devotion to Christ.
The evidence is clear: we are living in a time of vigorous spiritual renewal, and young Catholics are leading the way. Do not be afraid! Young and Catholic demonstrates that for the Church, the future is bright. These young people are one of the many reasons that is so.