Wednesday, 24 July 2019 09:09

Globalization has Traps to youth - Vietnamese Youth Leader


Cardinal Tagle taught me English as well as about new Evangelization."

Joseph Cao Huu Minh Tri from Vietnam is one of the speakers during the “Walk the Talk: Global Concerns of Young People” at the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, on July 20, 2019.  (Photo by RCAM-AOC)

 

This was how Joseph Cao Huu Minh Tri, a university student from Vietnam, described Cardinal Tagle in his talk as one of the speakers during the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, on July 20, 2019.

Tri, who is also the assistant for the Commission on Youth in the Archdiocese of Saigon Ho Chi Minh, talked about “Walk the Talk: Global Concerns of Young People”and shared how globalization as a key process in the society has influenced the young people in Vietnam and in the world.

He shared that he himself has found the need to learn to speak the English language because of the need for communication and to be able to coup up with the fast changing world.

“I got a habit of starting my day by watching a video in English just for practicing the listening skill and His Eminence Cardinal Tagle is always my first choice. So, to be honest, I’m glad to say he is my English teacher. And so, I think today, I’m so grateful to practice what I have learned from him in the internet through youtube video,” Tri said.

Globalization as he described is actually “a call of being together regardless of whoever we are, whatever we do and wherever we are”.

“The rays of globalization is a calling, as missionary service to the others. For the Lord calls us to share his work of creation and to contribute to the common good using the gifts we have receive,” Tri said.

In his talk, he pointed out the “temptations” that lure young people nowadays – lack of orientation and skipping the rules. Tri explained that young people of today easily fall in love with the trap of sex, money, alcohol, and drugs. And most of the times they don’t listen. They do not want to hear the wisdom of the elders.

“Rules of love peace and cooperation are replaced by violence, discrimination and selfishness,” Tri said.  With the traps that accompany globalization, he encouraged the youth to dream and move forward and to make Christ the center of everything they do.

“We should not be afraid, but, rather than instead, look up to the cross and keep a dream that can be able to set us free. And God himself is our dream. So, Christ is alive, God is our hope. And in the fearful way he brings the youth to the world. Everything he touches become new, young and full of life, so, why don’t we touch our self, our minds especially our rays,” Tri said.

in 2018 Tri took part as Auditor in the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops held in Rome.

Other speakers during the “Walk the Talk: Global Concerns of Young People” were Macy Lee, founder Talang Dalisay’ of ‘a mental health organization in the Philippines ; Ricky Orozco, founder of Catholic Connect; and Anastacia Indrawan, who has been involved in Catholic youth programs for 10 years. (Fatima Llanza/SOCOM - San Felipe Nerish Parish and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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