What if we taught young people that they can measure success by how they follow Christ rather than by how much money they make or where they go to college?
In What Matters Most, University of Notre Dame theology professor Leonard J. DeLorenzo urges youth ministers, teachers, and parents to help young people redefine success in light of their call to discipleship—completely saying yes to God.
In Luke's account of the Annunciation, Mary offers a true model of discipleship for young people to follow. Her example will empower them to make choices about how to live their lives as a courageous yes to God in everything they choose—just as she did.
DeLorenzo, who served as the long-time director of Notre Dame Vision—a program designed to help young Catholics find their true calling as disciples of Jesus—shows how Mary exhibited four habits that will guide young people to make important life decisions:
DeLorenzo includes personal stories from his experience as a father and working with youth and young adults with spiritual wisdom to equip teachers, mentors, pastoral ministers, and parents to re-examine the way they encourage and help form young Catholics approaching significant life choices such as college and jobs. He presents ways to remedy spiritual deficits in these young people created by cultural realities such as the fast pace of tech-driven lives and the looming pressure to succeed with worldly accomplishments.
About the Author
Leonard J. DeLorenzo works in the McGrath Institute for Church Life and teaches theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Witness and Work of Love and he is the co-editor of Dante, Mercy, and the Beauty of the Human Person.
DeLorenzo earned his doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he also earned his master's (systematic theology) and bachelor's degrees (theology and philosophy). He has served on the leadership teams for Notre Dame Vision, the Notre Dame Catechist Academy, the Notre Dame Character Project, and the Church Life Internship. He speaks regularly on the saints, biblical catechesis, vocation and discernment, and the theological imagination. His website is leonardjdelorenzo.com.
He and his wife, Lisa, live in South Bend, Indiana, with their children.