Goal of this Edge Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the middle school youth understand the effects of war on a person and the need to be catalysts for peace in a world filled with violence. The middle school youth should develop a desire for peace above war both in the world and their own lives.
Edge Night at a Glance
Blessed Pope John Paul II said, “War is always a defeat for humanity.” This Edge Night will help the middle school youth understand the gravity and severity of war and that we, as Catholics, are always called to strive for peace. The night will also outline the conditions in which war can be morally legitimate. The tone for this Edge night is deliberately serious. War is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly.
The night begins with a skit in darkness and silence and then transitions into the Proclaim. The youth will learn about the effects of war, the Church’s teaching on peace, and the conditions for just war. In their small groups, the youth will discuss fostering peace in their own lives because peace in the world begins with peace in our hearts. They will make a spiritual bouquet for American soldiers in their small groups as well. Finally, the Edge Night ends with a reflection on Blessed John Paul II, a witness to hope in a land ravaged by war, and prayer through his intercession.