Call to Holiness and Sainthood
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Goal of this Night
The middle school youth will understand the concepts of sainthood and holiness, as well as their personal call to be a saint.
About this night
When we pray the Apostles’ Creed, we profess our faith in “the holy catholic Church,” followed immediately by “the communion of saints.” According to the Catechism:
In a certain sense, this [second] article is a further explanation of the preceding: “What is the Church if not the assembly of all the saints?” The communion of saints is the Church. “Since all the faithful form one body, the good of each is communicated to the others…. We must therefore believe that there exists a communion of goods in the Church. But the most important member is Christ, since he is the head…. Therefore, the riches of Christ are communicated to all the members, through the sacraments.” As this Church is governed by one and the same Spirit, all the goods she has received necessarily become a common fund.” (946-947)
Many lay Catholics, particularly young people, fail to understand their role as a member of the Communion of Saints. Rather, they think of the Saints as an elite group of people who have reached a level of holiness unattainable by most of humanity. Instead, they should view the Saints (with a capital “S”) as real people with flaws who still serve for us as examples of holiness (CCC 2030).
More importantly, all Catholics should strive to live as saints (with a lowercase “s”), providing an example of holiness to others. As the Catechism states, “‘all Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of charity.’ All are called to holiness: ‘Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect’” (CCC 2013).
- Computer, projector and screen for slide show
- Summaries of saints’ lives (from a book or the Internet)
- Handout A
- Digital camera(s)
- Scrap paper
- Edge Support DVD #3 and projector (or DVD player and TV)
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