I think we’ve all seen them. You know . . . the holy people. And we always want to be more like them – we want to be the prayer warriors, the people that are in church, praying our rosaries, hanging out with Jesus in the Adoration chapel, learning scripture and reading spiritually inspiring books.
Goal of this Life Night The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens develop a closer relationship with Christ through prayer. This night will examine the importance of prayer in our lives in a world that demands so much from us. It will focus on the example that Jesus gave us by leading a life of prayer. About this Life Night This Life Night takes a closer look at the importance of prayer in our lives. It helps us grow closer in relationship to God. The night begins with a skit with
All of a sudden between innings the song “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber came over the loud speakers as I was sitting in the stands of a high school baseball game with a group of parents. By instinct I commented “Oh. it’s the Bieber!” I immediately drew the stares of my peers who quickly commented “you knew that’s Justin Bieber?” I replied – of course. The rolling eyes told me that while these parents may be my age, they may not be as keyed into the lives of middle school and high school aged
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Goal The goal of this Edge Night is for the middle school youth to understand what Lectio Divina is and how it can make Scripture come to life in their lives. Edge Night at a Glance One of the most common reasons people give for not reading the Bible is that they do not understand it or feel overwhelmed with where to start. Yet, as Catholics, we are called to read and pray through the Scriptures on a regular basis in order to grow in holiness. While this may seem like a tall task, we are blessed
Life Teen Retreat
Goal of this Retreat Using the idea of athletic training as an underlying theme, this retreat will help teens understand the importance of prayer while giving them the opportu- nity to “exercise” different forms of prayer. The goal of this retreat is to help the teens develop a lifelong habit of prayer (CCC 2688). Basis of the Retreat 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 1 Timothy 4:8 Isaiah 40:29-31 Psalm 105:4 Colossians 3:23-24 CCC 2558-2567 CCC 2700-2719 CCC 2725-2745 Retreat
God always answers our prayers – There are three answers that He can give us: Yes, No, and Not Now. The hardest one for us to ever hear is “No.” I remember my parents telling me “No” many times as a child. It was hard to accept because I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t do everything I wanted to do. As I grew up, I came to realize that it is because they knew what was best for me. It’s the same way with God. He knows what we need, when we need it. If we don’t need it, the answer is “No.” This is also true when our prayers are for others. He knows what everyone needs, when they need it.
One of the first and best pieces of advice I learned early on as a high school journalist was K.I.S.S. — Keep it simple, stupid. I am going to propose the same for this Lenten season. Keep it simple.
In her beauty, the Church seems to always find a way to keep it simple for us — seven sacraments, five precepts, you name it. With Lent, it’s also quite simple. Three things: prayer, fasting, almsgiving.
When dad calls us, we must discern that call to make sure it is really Him calling. But discernment isn’t enough, once we recognize that it is His voice, we must respond. We have to move. This is why prayer is so important to our everyday lives. It is in prayer that we begin to know the voice of the Father. It’s amazing to me that in a crowded room, full of noisy kids, you’re children recognize your voice when you call. It’s because they know you, and they know your voice.
Don’t get me wrong, Catholics pray with their body. We lie prostrate, we kneel, we sit, and we fold our hands in a posture of prayer. Sometimes we even extend our hands over our head in an open posture of worship.
All of these postures, even the hands over the head, are rooted in Scripture and the Tradition of the Church. They reflect the interior disposition of the soul and it’s receptivity to Christ. So what about hand motions? Why do I say it is not prayer?
While many of us will make resolutions for the coming year for our personal lives, why not make some for our ministries as well? Here are some resolutions to pray about as you get ready to start a new calendar year of Youth Ministry.