Goal for the Life Night:
The goal for this night is to bring to light the dangers of the occult in all its various forms. This night will also help the teens understand the power of their guardian angel and the intercession of St. Michael.
Life Night at a Glance:
Like many of the issue nights, this night will need extra attention and prayer. Be sure to address the topic in the fullness of truth with a heart of compassion, as there will be teens in the group who are involved in occult practices. Spend extra time reading articles and books by Christian authors on the occult and be as educated as possible before presenting the topic to teens. In the September 2008 volume of Spotlight, Fr. Neil McGarrity wrote an article on the occult and his experience as a priest in dealing directly with its effects. Make copies of the article and hand them to the Core to read before the night. Another possible resource is the book An Exorcist Tells His Story by Gabriele Amorth. When searching online for more information and articles, be careful about the source. Always refer back to Scripture and the Catechism.
The Life Night starts with a game of flashlight tag and then moves into a teaching on the occult and why it has no room in Christianity. The Break will give the teens an opportunity to ask questions about the Church’s teaching as well as enter into a discussion on how they can protect themselves against the influence of evil. The Send will reassure the teens that Christ, the Light of the World, has overcome the darkness. The night will end with the teens thanking God for the gift of St. Michael and seeking his intercession.