By living up to their calling, women will succeed in guaranteeing a proper recognition of the unique value of femininity and its crucial mission in the world. -Alice von Hildebrand . Photo by Nik Guiney
He will wait in the silence to speak to you in the silence. Are you entering into it enough to hear Him?
A life lived for Jesus is a life set apart from the world. It's always going to be challenging, and sometimes lonely, to choose holiness, but our Lord will never abandon you. Be brave enough to rely on Him and Him alone.
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The absolute gift that it is to know Jesus isn't the product of hard work. It's a radical mercy that is the product of His pursuit of us.
Even in the darkness, even in the storms, even in the uncertainty of His nearness, He is near.
The joy of the Christian life becomes most authentic when we stop living for what will pass away and surrender to living for Christ and His eternal Kingdom. What are you living for? Is your life marked by the true joy of the Christian? Let His unending love be enough.
You are seen, known, and loved by the Painter of every sunset, the Designer of the constellations, the Worker of the most wondrous miracles. Have you opened your heart to the ways He longs to work in it?
“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.” -St. Thérèse of Lisieux . Your pursuit of Christ will be its own unique, personal journey and it won't look like someone else's. Don't get caught up in trying to look holy. Get swept up in loving Jesus. He will transform your littleness and your brokenness into something far grander than what you could achieve on your own. . Photo by Jacob Bentzinger
“I’ve experienced a love I can’t explain, a love that I’m not worthy of, a love that has brought me the greatest joy I can ever imagine. How can I keep it to myself? How can YOU keep it to yourself? . I first felt a pull towards missions when I was studying abroad in Florence, Italy. We were doing a blitz Adoration night on a popular street. The people in charge told us to walk up to strangers and invite them into the church for Adoration. I thought, ‘Me? Are you sure? I don’t think I’m capable of doing this. That’s for more holy people to do – not for sinners like me.’ But after begging the Holy Spirit to help me, I started talking to people. Heads were turned, people scoffed at me and told me ‘no’, but I kept asking. Then one man, who was practically running down the street he was in such a hurry, stopped when I reached out. ‘Would you like to come inside to pray?’ ‘How long will it take?’ ‘Umm not long.’ AND THEN, he said yes. HE SAID YES!!! Forty minutes later I went inside the church and I saw that the very man I invited in was in Confession. Praise God! . If Jesus can use a sinner like me to spread His love, He can use you. Yes, you.” -Natalie Cook, Life Teen Missionary #LTMissionLife
“Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” . What are your treasures and have you given them to your Savior? The magi approached the Messiah, the child Jesus, and immediately rejoiced and gave Him their most valuable possessions. They didn’t think “what will He do with these? How can I profit from this offering? Will I be noticed for doing this?” When we approach Him, we’re called to give the parts of ourselves that we love the most — they’re for His glory. What is it you’re holding back from Jesus right now? What is your best, most valuable, most treasured trait, talent, gift? Entrust it to Him without hesitation. He has come to make it holy. #LTLectio . Photo by Joe Sanchez
Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world. -C.S. Lewis . Be aware of the enormous reality of our Messiah who has come in Christmas. And, with the magi, rejoice and give Him your greatest gifts. . Photo by Joe Sanchez
They said to him, 'Rabbi' (which translated means Teacher), 'where are you staying?' He said to them, 'Come, and you will see.' -John 1:38-39 . Jesus doesn't expect us to know everything. He simply wants us to ask Him where He's going and to follow Him there. Be brave enough to ask Him where is taking you.
Live simply, so that all may simply live. -St. Elizabeth Ann Seton . Photo by Nik Guiney
We continue to rejoice as the Christmas season continues -- where the child Jesus invites us to draw ever closer to Him and His tender heart, by meeting Him at the altar. . Photo by Joe Sanchez.
We look to our Savior to be transformed in Him, to be the men we are called to be, and to let others see Him in us. -Bishop Olmsted Men, join us as we step more fully into that calling. LFTN.CO/MEN #conspire
As 2017 comes to an end, we want to remember some of our favorite moments from this year! Swipe through to look back on some of the best times that we had with y'all! Thank you for being part of the movement of Life Teen this year, for seeking Christ with us and joining our efforts to lead teens closer to Him. We're looking forward to continuing to seek the heart of God with you in 2018 and can't wait to see where He takes us! #HappyNewYear!
Old and new. . At the end of the year we usually find ourselves reflecting -- reflecting on memories, regrets, goals accomplished, and mistakes made. But with all of that, we look forward into a time uncharted, with stories yet to be told; we start to anticipate better habits, happier adventures, and lessons learned. As the 2017 comes to an end, let yourself look at every last bit of it and give you resolve to grow in 2018. The Lord does amazing things when we're open to change. Start 2018 with a heart ready for every little change He's going to invite you into. . Photo by Warren Wong on Unsplash
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. Col. 3:15 . Your heart, flustered by so many things, distracted and demanded from moment to moment, was made for peace. With every new thrill, doubt, desire, change, and drama, this great peace you were meant to know so intimately becomes harder to know. So where do you reset? How do you reset? You give your heart to the One who it was made for and allow His peace to settle your dear heart. If you're struggling to know peace, if you feel far removed from peace, if you doubt that peace is even possible, look to Jesus and let Him, the One who knew peace on the cross, control each and every little movement. #LTLectio Photo by Nik Guiney
FAM. Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family! Looking to the one family where Christ was perfectly at the center of it all, we ask God for the grace to let Him be the center of our family lives today. Family life will never be easy, perfect, or comfortable, but when we allow Christ to be at the center of it all, He will redeem the messiest parts of it all for His glory!
Ladies, we know how challenging it can be to pour yourself out for family, work, and the longings of your own heart. We have a God that sees you, knows you, and wants to meet you in the midst of life's struggles. Come find refuge in His heart. LFTN.CO/WOMEN #inhisheart
CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!! . We’re loving this Christmas season and the spirit of giving it calls us to! In that spirit, we’re giving away one copy of “Ascend” — a companion to the Sunday Mass readings as we close out this year. This book is a great way to dive deeper into the Scriptures that’ll be heard at Mass every Sunday. If you want to go into 2018 with a greater appreciation for God’s Word, this book is a great way to make that happen. . To enter: like our picture + tag a friend! Enter as many times as you like! Winner will be announced on New Year’s Eve!! (Only applies to US residents). #Giveaway #Ascend #Mass #12DaysOfChristmas
Whoever really takes [the Eucharist] as his daily bread, experiences each day the mystery of Christmas, the Word made flesh. – St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Christmas can change our world. . Only if people change will the world change; and in order to change, people need the light that comes from God, the light which so unexpectedly [on the night of Christmas] entered into our night. -Pope Benedict XVI Photo by Cameron Kirby on Unsplash
This is the throne that our King has taken, that He invites us to partake in. Receive Him and the paradoxical glory He has called you to know. Photo by Greyson Joralemon on Unsplash
Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. -Psalm 89:2 . When our Lord comes, will He find you singing of His goodness or are you looking for goodness elsewhere? Our Lord's coming at Christmas is a time of great joy, where He gives us Himself, holding none of His goodness back from us. It's up to us to make our hearts ready for that goodness, to live in the joy of His goodness, to forever sing the goodness of the Lord. #LTLectio
Emmanuel shall come to thee, oh Israel.
As Advent nears its end, consider how God has made His presence, His Incarnation known to you in the small ways throughout this season. . Advent... is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is giving us, signs of the attention he has for each one of us. -Pope Benedict XVI Photo by Cameron Kirby on Unsplash
The cold and cozy of this time of year is a reminder to slow down enough to make yourself attentive to the coming Savior. The Messiah Israel awaited at Christmas isn't going to come in a grand show, making lots of noise, and drawing lots of attention. He comes in the littlest, most unnoticeable way. In the same way, His presence is there in the smallest moments -- an overdue conversation with a family member, a quiet morning of stillness, an unexpected, heartfelt gift from a friend... Give yourself the space to notice Jesus in these little moments.
Anything you're chasing after, trying to grasp hold of, cling to, that is separate from Him, will not last. His word is what will remain. Seek Him in Scripture and let His promises be enough for you.