At the heart of the movement is a daily ‘quiet time’ with the Lord that leads to an experience of a loving friendship with Jesus and fosters a joyful attitude to life. A diverse series of reflections and contemporary prayer formats that have evolved from everyday life help spark off and sustain a life of prayer within the movement.
A regular time for a meditative reading of the Sacred Scripture has always been part of the Jesus Youth way of life. It helps people to shape their lives according to God’s will. Thus they also acquire the ability to seek God’s guidance through the continuous study of the Word of God. Jesus Youth are expected to read the scripture everyday, meditate on it and live the essence of Scripture in their daily lives.
The very mission of Jesus Youth movement is to be at the service of the Church, the body of Christ. Thus participating fully in the Sacramental life of the Catholic Church is a sign of its communion with the Church. Frequent and active participation in the sacraments contribute to a life of grace and holiness. Jesus Youth are specifically encouraged to draw strength and renewal from the frequent celebration of the Eucharist and their regular participation in the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Jesus Youth are known for the deep spiritual friendships and sustained life of communion experienced through mutual support of each other, encouragement, healing and fraternal correction. These are made possible through the frequent gatherings of cell groups, prayer groups, Jesus Youth Households and the diverse sets of friendship circles within the movement.
Convinced that Jesus is the greatest gift they have received, Jesus Youth seek to share Jesus with others in genuine, simple or innovative ways every day. Taking their cue from the exhortations of the Church, young people in the movement encourage each other to use their talents and strengths for the sharing of the love, the person and the message of Christ, especially in the ordinary circumstances of life. Every initiative, platform or project of the movement is rooted in fulfilling the commission of Jesus to carry the good news to the ends of the earth. This joyful experience of evangelisation is the central part of every Jesus Youth.
In today’s world that is progressively being designed for the affluent and the influential, Jesus Youth are encouraged to stand by, support and help the poor, the sidelined and the marginalised in the societies they live in. They are called to discover the image of the Suffering Christ in the poor. Out of the love of Christ, they identify with those burdened with poverty and deprivation and stretch out a helping hand to them in the spirit of solidarity.