June 24. Birth of John the Baptist. “JB is one of favourite saints,” Alan said, “He was a specially chosen person but he also made the choice himself to do what he believed he was called to do.  Why are so many of our young people so wishy-washy with little sense of direction? Do they need strong parental guidance from a father and mother, from teachers or mentors to inspire them or where does a sense of direction and hope for the future come from?  JB was a prophet like the Old Testament prophets preaching repentance and right behaviour. I do wish God would speak clearly to me and give me a sense of direction for my future.” 

He will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children. Luke 1:16-17.

Pope Francis:  The web and social networks have created a new way to communicate and bond.  They are a public square where the young spend much of their time and meet one another easily.   They provide an extraordinary opportunity for dialogue as well as access to information and knowledge. The digital world is also one of social and political engagement and active citizenship. It can facilitate the circulation of independent information, provide effective protection for the vulnerable and publicise violation of their rights.  CV87