The youth do not solely need material things, let us help them work actively in building a better world.. they need to have those non-material values which are the heart of a people …a spirituality of generosity, solidarity, perseverance, fraternity, and joy.Pope Francis
The year 2019 has been declared as the Year of the Youth, with the theme “Beloved, Gifted, Empowered”. It is fitting and proper to commemorate the birthday of Andres Bonifacio as he is country’s “beloved” for having led the revolution against the oppressive colonizers, “gifted” with the sharp analysis of the situation and the generosity to apply the appropriate action which “empowered” his fellow youth that paved the path of our country’s history.
We at the Christians for National Liberation [CNL] join our fellowmen in commemorating this day and challenges the youth to inflame them with faith, passion and courage of Andres Bonifacio. That rooted in our Christian faith, the youth may be empowered through their collective efforts to influence our society in confusion and to actively take part in building a humane, just and peaceful society.
From the Kabataan Partylist data reveals that majority of the Filipino youth have the inaccessibility to adequate information, poor quality education, joblessness, and low wages. Their democratic rights are under attack, which worsens the culture and the climate of impunity. That is the challenge of the young generation now and we at the CNL believe that they can be the generation that can end or make great effort in changing these things. Being the hope of the future is not a mere definition from our national hero. Instead, it’s a challenge to use their time, andr talents to serve the people. Let Andres Bonifacio be their icon for an empowered youth.
We call on the Christian churches with Youth Ministry to encourage and form the young people to the inspiration of the life of Andres Bonifacio. For the Catholics, let the Year of the Youth be productive by immersing them with the basic sectors, resulting in a different mind set or perspective.
Let the legacy of Andres Bonifacio inspire and empower the Filipino Youth!
Long live the People’s Democratic Revolution! !
Onward the people’s struggle towards national liberation!