The Lord, indeed, has given us an experience of his love and peace in the past year. We were affirmed that our leadership has to be grounded specially on the love of God. This year reminded us that we were all created by the Lord in his own image and likeness which means we are all given the mission to do good things and be like Him. Our 2018 equipped us to be a painter, a member and leader in today’s generation, a true disciple of God.
But in this year, we also have become even more deeply aware how challenging it is for us to be followers. For what we see before us are the faces of people confused by different factors beyond our control, burning social issues, and cultural and religious situation of our country.
Guided by our previous yearthemes, God has already set into motion a new direction and a new purpose for our lives — will we choose to follow Him? “God is not afraid of new things! That is why he is continually surprising us, opening our hearts, and guiding us in unexpected ways.”
For this reason, the passage this 2019, Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing” is a call to action for all the members and leaders of Chiro Pilipinas to actively participate in the mission of societal transformation. It is an opportunity for doing something different, something extraordinary.
Our 2019 yeartheme, The Paintbrush, urges us to make a difference, to take concrete actions to improve the world and make it better. Like a paintbrush, we are capable of creating many beautiful things. With right materials and attitude, we can create a new beginning. Pope Francis even said, “No matter how much or how little we have individually, each one of us is called to personally reach out and serve our brothers and sisters in need. There is always someone near us in need, materially, emotionally, spiritually. The greatest gift we can give to them is our friendship, our concern, our tenderness, our love for Jesus. To receive Jesus is to have everything; to give him is to give the greatest gift of all.”
Our elders in the Catholic Church recognizes us as fully aware of being persons called by God and capable of discerning decisions that positively impact our lives and those of others. This year is the best time for us to clearly proclaim our faith as 2019 is also the Year of the Youth as part of the celebration of the 500th Year of Christianity in the Philippines. We all long for a better world and society, for a renewed Church, and the Church sees us as protagonists of this change, as the dynamic force of the Church now, when we reach out to the peripheries to bring Jesus and His message of salvation to the lost, the least and the last, including other young people like us who yearn to be loved, gifted and empowered.
As Pope Benedict said, “Be signs of hope…Communicate the joy of faith to all with the enthusiasm that comes from being driven by the Holy Spirit, because he makes all things new, trusting in the promise that Jesus made to the Church: And lo, I am with you always, to the ending of time!”
 Pope Francis message to Filipino youth, January 2015
 CBCP Pastoral Letter for the Year of the Youth
 Pope Benedict XVI Address on the New Evangelization, Rome 15 October 2011