In Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Pastoral Letter to Young People 2013one of the clear messages
that can be clearly heard is that the time for young people is now. Our Church is full of examples of
young men and women called by God to serve His people and His Church such as St. Antony of Egypt,
St. Benedict of Norcia, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Timothy. In talking with young people about their call
the Archbishop says that he often hears young people say “ I have nothing to give” “this just isn't true”
is his response. All that we need to do is to say Yes and God will do the rest – “God always equips those
whom He calls”. God equips us all individually for the practical mission that He has for each one of us.
The question that is important to ask is “Will I put my faith and trust in God”? By doing this it will cost.
God doesn't ask for a little – God asks for it all - but in giving all we receive all. The Archbishop states in
the Pastoral Letter that if we are “called to say no to one kind of abundance for the sake of another, we
baulk or turn away… and always end up heavy hearted”. The YES to God is important as it enlightens the
heart. The discernment of a vocation means that we should get into the practice of always saying YES to
The first yes to God, believe it or not, often is the easiest one. Whether you feel you’re too young
or have nothing to offer, remember that God is calling you now, and is calling you just as you are. God will
equip you with all the skills that you need for whatever He is calling you to do all you need to do is to
listen for the call and say Yes when it comes.