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Hands and Feet – Middle School Retreat

This Edge retreat is an overnight weekend retreat designed for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Each session follows the same format as a typical Edge session: Gather, Proclaim, Break, and Send. This provides continuity and consistency for the middle school youngsters and all retreat participants including The Edge core members. Middle school youngsters are more than able to handle an overnight weekend retreat. Creating a warm and inviting retreat atmosphere is critical to a successful Edge middle school retreat. Core members should be encouraged to be creative, friendly, outgoing; and at the same time challenge the middle school youngsters to enter into a deeper more committed relationship with Jesus and the Catholic Church.

There is a tremendous amount of suffering in our world today. Some of it occurs due to natural disasters, illness, and economic conditions as well as man’s inhumanity to man which is sin. The call of every Catholic is to be Jesus Christ to others. Through our baptismal call, our relationship with God the Father, our commitment to Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit our mission as Jesus’ disciples is to go out, spread the Good News of Christ and to work to alleviate the pain and suffering of others.

Many times we are reluctant to help others because it causes us to journey out of our comfort zone. Why are we so afraid? Fear and selfishness can hold us from reaching out to others when they truly need help. We are afraid of being ridiculed, of how we will look, etc. God calls us to not be afraid but to accept the command of being His child to server others, to follow in His footsteps when He reached out to the outcasts, prostitutes, tax collectors.

In the most trying situations, it is hard to see God and the greater good. We allow the things of the earth get in the way of what God is really trying to do through us. The roadblocks and distractions of life stop us and cause us to be fearful, when in reality we should be empowered with the fact that God is our strength. With God’s unchanging and undeniable strength inside us, we are able to face our problems. The Catholic life is not a guarantee for an easy, problem-free life, but our loving and merciful God will never abandon us. God has been faithful to us throughout human history.

It is important for middle school boys to recognize their sins and how their sinfulness hurts themselves and the people around them. Sin keeps middle school boys from becoming true men of Christ. Our sins are a hindrance in becoming closer to Christ and truly relying on Him to be the guide of our lives. When we are able to recognize our sins we take the first step in allowing God to enter into our hearts

God intended for each of us to be different, yet as girls, often we try so hard to be the same as everyone else. We spend so much time thinking about all the things that are wrong with us and all that we are not. Instead, we are invited to focus on the special gifts and talents God has given each of us because we are made in the image and likeness of God. It is often a challenge for girls to see that while the rest of the world looks at them from the outside, God judges us by what is in our hearts.

 

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