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st anthony magazine jul aug 2022
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The power of gentleness to support young people

Br. MichaelDavide Semeraro

Since the beginning of this year in Italy many acts of violence committed by young people have occurred: acts of violence against young girls, fights between rival gangs and even shootings against policemen. All this frightens me especially when I meet groups of young people on the street. Maybe their parents do not teach them values any more... I have five grandchildren who are between 18 and 24 years old and who give me great happiness but also great concerns because I notice how impatient and unpleasant they are with their parents and with us and I fear that they could go down a bad path. As grandparents which role can we have? L.S. The grandparent’s role is not to replace the parents or the teachers who are entrusted with the education of young people. Grandparents have to be a support and a reference point for the young if they have a problem which they cannot speak to their parents about. I understand your worries for some behaviours that leave much to be desired. Anyhow it is necessary to continue to support young people’s self confidence and self-esteem helping them to feel good about themselves and their lives. Violence is…

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