Solidarity and the Common Good
Life Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this night helps the teens understand that the common good of society requires looking outside of their needs and seeing the needs of the larger community.
About this night
This Life Night is the last night of the social justice semester. The night seeks to help the teens understand that the common good of society comes from active participation within the community. This night will help the teens look beyond their own needs and wants to the needs and wants of their greater community. The Life Night begins with a quick game challenging the teens to work together to complete a 16-legged race. After the game, the teaching will focus on how being an active member of a community helps promote the common good. After a short time in small groups, the night will close by focusing on the need for the Eucharist to be the source and summit of our service to others. The teens will spend time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament offering their fears and hesitations about becoming a fully active part of the community to the Lord.
The Life Night this week will focus on the teaching of solidarity and the common good as well as the need for love to be at the center of our service to others. When we love God with our whole heart, mind and soul, then we must love our neighbor more than ourselves. These two commands are meant to go together. Use the questions below as a starting point for discussion this week.
- The family unit is the beginning of community in your teen’s life. In what ways could you as a family pursue the common good in your local school; community; state or world?
- Talk about a time when someone really supported you. Share with your teen the humility it took to receive the help and support. Was it easy or hard for you?
The environment for this night is simple. Spend time a week before the Life Night taking pictures of the local community. These pictures can include people, places, or objects. For the Life Night, have the pictures printed and post them all around the meeting space. Create a slideshow and have the pictures loop on a screen. The goal is to help the teens see the faces and places of their own community. In the front of the room, have a cross and a table set for Eucharist Adoration.
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