As a youth minister, I spent a lot of time on a variety of important things: planning, relational ministry, playing with the little toy that came in the Life Support Box. There was always something to keep me busy.
Unfortunately, I also spent a good portion of time doing things that didn’t matter, like complaining.
Wisdom of the Saints: “The flesh feeds on the Body and Blood of Christ, that the soul may grow fat on God.” – Tertullian “If when He lived in this world, He healed the sick by the mere touch of His garments, what doubt is there but that He will perform miracles, since He is so intimately within us, if we have a lively faith; and that He will grant us what we ask of Him, while He is in our house?” – St. Teresa of Avila “For even though sense suggests this to you, let faith assure
The Life Teen staff traveled all over the country to various conferences, camps, retreats, and more to pray, play, and grow in virtue with you and your teens this summer. We kicked off the summer with super heroes at camp; we grew in virtue as ministers at the Life Teen Training Convention; our teens learned how to lead by virtue at Life Teen Notre Dame; we worshiped God Above All at Steubenville Atlanta and Steubenville West. God has been busy with us with summer! You know, it’s easy to read
I am on a plane right now on my way back home to Phoenix. I have been sitting here for the past 10 minutes trying come up with a topic to blog about. 10 minutes passed…and…nothing. I have to say this is a rare occasion. I always have something to say. The only thing that kept running through my head is a quote I came across during Holy Week: “We are an Easter people and our song is Hallelujah…” – John Paul II Now I normally blog about Life Teen’s events and the planning process, but this
Halfway through my 3rd year as a youth minister, I decided it was time to start XLT in our parish. Things started out really strong with a great musician, a great new associate pastor, and a decent number of teens. As we moved toward spring, however, attendance decreased and excuses increased from parents and teens alike. I felt annoyed and let down by the teens. I felt embarrassed in front of the staff and my peers. And, most of all, I felt like I was failing God (Maybe you’ve felt this way,
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The middle school youth will learn how they can grow in their faith by giving thanks to God in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Overview: The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: The Eucharist is a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Father, a blessing by which the Church expresses her gratitude to God for all his benefits, for all that he has accomplished through creation, redemption and sanctification. Eucharist means first of all “thanksgiving” (CCC 1360). As Catholics,
I want to thank all of you reading for the hard work you give to God in your local youth ministry. Let me explain why you impress me. I just got back from a long trip to Camp Covecrest in Tiger, Georgia, and then onto Steubenville West in Tucson, Arizona. My first stop at Covecrest was nothing short of fantastic! A lot of the teenagers talked about how hard they worked to raise money for camp. Others shared how excited they were throughout the school year to know that come summer time, their youth