Within the predicament of youth and its proper solution there rests not only their future as individuals but also the future of the nation.

An honest appraisal of the situation forces us to admit that the plight in which they find themselves is not of their making. They are being sent out into the world without either chart or compass, and we, their elders, are to blame. The young people of our generation are but an elongated shadow of us. The sins of the fathers are being visited on the children. The moral and spiritual decadence of adults is being reflected in an intensified departure from moral and spiritual values by young people who have no norm by which to judge their own actions or those of others.

There are those blithe souls who wax lyrical about the present generation either through ignorance or because of the spiritual blindness with which they themselves are afflicted. But the realistic Christian knows that young people are confronted by problems with which they cannot cope and are often making havoc of their lives.

Nevertheless, we are convinced that the average young person wants to know the score; he does want a spiritual confrontation and challenge, and in such a situation he often gladly capitulates to Christ as the living Saviour and makes Him the Lord of his life. It is indeed tragic that so few young people of today are confronted with such a challenge, by parents or by Church.

To write on the “predicament of youth” is useless unless one carefully evaluates the situation, much as a physician would carry out various diagnostic measures and then set up a line of procedure out of which a curative process may come.

Why are we confronted by a generation in which there is grave moral laxity and spiritual ...

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