Magis Zimbabwe, a group of young people, inspired by the Ignatian spirituality to do more for Christ, has launched a new theme ‘Hearts on Fire’ for the year 2017.
‘Hearts on Fire’ was launched at an Ignite Youth Day, held recently at Zimbabwe’s St Canisius Parish in Marlborough. The event drew over 75 youths from Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Brother Edward Ngonidzashe, a delegate for Youth Ministry told the young people that, “Hearts on Fire is about igniting young people who are inspired by their faith and the service of their society.” He added, “We want an ignited generation who are involved in actions of justice, service and making a difference,” said the Jesuit Brother.
According to Ngonidzashe, the Magis want to inspire a whole movement of young people towards a Church that is fired up for Christ and a just society. He reminded the youth that Pope Francis exhorted them, during World Youth Day in Poland, to be active and bring life into the Church and the world.
“It pains me the most to see youth who retire so early,” Ngonidzashe said. He encouraged the youth gathered never to give-up on their aspirations but always draw inspiration from Jesus Christ himself who remained resolute to end. Next year’s theme is anchored on three pillars- Inspire, Engage and Ignite.
Hearts on Fire follows the Ignatian principle of setting the world on fire which brings out the desire in young people to transform people’s lives: Transform people’s lives by being Magis; being more in everything; in serving Christ and society.
Brother Ngonidzashe challenged the Church to create space for youth to grow in faith and service.
The Ignite Youth Day Holy Eucharist was presided over by Fr Isaac Fernandez. They day concluded with a “Hearts on Fire Concert “as the young people participated in creative spoken word, music and dance.
(By Bothwell Munetsi, Jesuit Province of Zimbabwe – Mozambique)