Have you ever wondered if you can make a difference? You're just one person. But that's the thing -- you're one person. A human being, an eternal soul, made by God and for Him. You were made to make a difference and, if you place yourself before Him daily, you will make a difference for His glory.
What we do at Life Teen isn't confined to a youth room or an event. Leading teens closer to Christ is something that happens constantly and everywhere, which is why we aim to share our resources on digital platforms, as teens end up interacting more digitally. Still, there is more to do, so many more teens and families to reach, and that is why we have our #LTAnnualAppeal -- so we can do even more to lead teens closer to Christ, even those teens that aren't in the youth room yet. Your support is what makes it possible for us to continue to use technology to evangelize. Reclaim the culture with us by donating at LFTN.CO/DONATE
O My God, when I look into the future, I am frightened, but why plunge into the future? Only the present moment is precious to me, as the future may never enter my soul at all. It is no longer in my power to change, correct or add to the past; for neither sages nor prophets could do that. And so what the past has embraced I must entrust to God. O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire. I desire to use you as best I can. And although I am weak and small, You grant me the grace of Your omnipotence. And so, trusting in Your mercy, I walk through life like a little child, Offering You each day this heart Burning with love for Your greater Glory. -St. Faustina PC: Bryan Nguyen
If you are what you should be you will set the world ablaze! -St. Catherine of Siena . We're dedicated to helping teens discover who God created them to be so that our world might be set ablaze with His love. Please consider joining us in that mission by participating in the #LTAnnualAppeal. Click the link in our bio to learn how.
Jesus is willing and ready to be wholly present to you in the Eucharist. Will you let Him be enough for you? PC: Bryan Nguyen
It's no coincidence that the word nun rhymes with the word fun. #justsayin #VocationsAwarenessWeek
@zeyma1998, who went to #InspirationLA with Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Sun Valley, CA last weekend, shared all the fun on her vlog. Here’s a little peek at what what she created (you can find her original vlog on YouTube)! . If you’re going to be at #InspirationSanAntonio this weekend, be sure to share what’s going on using that hashtag, and tag us in your posts for a chance to be featured on our IG story!
If you were ever under the impression the life of the priest was not a life of joy, think again! #VocationsAwarenessWeek . Young men, if a call to the priesthood has ever crossed your mind, ask God to make you open to it and explore more by reaching out to priests in your area that might be able to direct you through your discernment!
A call to religious life is a call to a supernatural union with the Father here on Earth. God does amazing things through religious sisters and, whether you realize it or not, you're probably benefitting from their prayers for you daily. #VocationsAwarenessWeek . Ladies, if you've ever been drawn to the idea of being a sister, ask your youth minister, parish priest, or local sister about what steps you can take to discern that call.
200,000 teens every Sunday attend a Life Teen Mass to encounter the Heart of God. Each of these 200,000 has a face and a story. And there are so many more stories of teens still searching. Click the link in our bio to donate today so that we can lead every teen closer to Christ. #LTAnnualAppeal
Good, holy priests are a gift to our Church. These men, who have had powerful encounters with Christ, are fueled by the Holy Spirit and the grace of God in their own hearts to draw us each closer to His heart. Our Church needs more men like this to rise up to what God is asking of them. . Life Teen resources are used in 10% of Catholic parishes in the US, while 30% of current seminarians say Life Teen was influential in their discernment. . If you're as inspired by that statistic as we are, please join us in our efforts to do even more to encourage young people to pursue their vocations, by participating in the #LTAnnualAppeal. Go LFTN.CO/DONATE (link in bio) now and have a happy #VocationsAwarenessWeek!
Preorder Awaken Hope: Reflections on the Season of Advent for only $4! LFTN.CO/ADVENT . It’s that time of year again, when lights are hung, Christmas trees are decorated, cookies are freshly baked, and people are scurrying about trying to buy every item on their seemingly never-ending shopping lists. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be easy to forget the true meaning of this magical season. . Awaken Hope gives you a reason to pause and take a step back during this busy time of year, to shift your focus from material to spiritual preparation. With reflections for each day of the Advent season, this companion is the perfect way to prepare for Christmas and get the most out of this wonderful time of year. . LFTN.CO/ADVENT
Twenty-six innocent lives ended yesterday in the massacre at First Baptist Church of #SutherlandSprings. Today, we must be bold in our faith in God in the wake of such tragedy. So we pray... . Lord, have mercy. Jesus be near to us. Be near to the suffering. Be near to the mourning. We are desperate for Your hope, the hope that does not disappoint, the hope that the evil we’ve seen will not have the final word. We pray for the poor souls who have died in yesterday’s shooting and beg for Your mercy and your justice. We know we won’t always understand, but we humbly ask for the grace to trust that You are still victorious through it all. Help us to see your light in this darkness. We pray this all through the intercession of our most protective Mother Mary, and in Your holy name. Amen.
Walking into #VocationsAwarenessWeek like... Be sure to keep up with us all week as we talk all things vocation! And take some time this week to be praying for your vocation and for the faith to faithfully respond to whatever God is calling you to to do!
“Is your Instagram keeping you from being a saint? It’s possible! I heard an interview recently with Naomi Campbell, a really famous supermodel from the 90s. She became a model after a talent scout saw her shopping in the mall one day and asked her if she had ever tried modeling. In the interview she was talking about how models would never be scouted like that again since so many young girls are already modeling on Instagram. I’m sure you know the accounts I’m talking about. Every photo is perfectly arranged. The snapshot of her lunch looks like a work of art. His gym selfies never cease. Perfect people with perfect lives (as far as Instagram is concerned). I joke about these accounts but to be honest I think we all fall to a “perfect post= perfect life” mentality. I love when people say nice things about me on social media and of course I check how many likes I get on a photo. I’m afraid I’m addicted to the sound of a notification going off. All of this really hit me when I heard today’s gospel: ’Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but one who humbles himself will be exalted.’ Jesus is very clear: The most exalted in Heaven are the most humble people on earth. These saints don’t bring attention to themselves and their own greatness but rather direct any attention to the one who deserves it; their Creator. I’m not saying you need to go and delete your Instagram but it might be helpful to head over to your profile and ask yourself this question. Do I use Instagram to to exalt God or myself? Leave ideas in the comments about ways that we can use social media to direct praise and ‘likes’ to God.” -Ryan McQuade #LTInstablog #Ascend #Mass
#InspirationLA was a day to remember! It doesn’t get much better than a day full of roller coasters and a night full of Jesus! See you next year, LA, and see you NEXT WEEK San Antonio!
This Sunday and every Sunday, over 1,800 parishes around the world are using Life Teen, and God is doing amazing things in each one. We believe the Holy Spirit is just getting started. Click the link in our bio to give today and help us fill every pew by bringing Life Teen to more parishes, people, and places! #LTAnnualAppeal
If I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2 Is your faith fueled by your love? Seek Jesus, let His refining love transform you, and then share that love boldly with those around you.
What’s sweeter than eating cotton candy and riding rollercoasters all day? We’d have to say... Mass and adoration with hundreds of your closest friends at #InspirationLA!! It’s been a great day here!!
Trying to navigate a life with Christ is always better with a friend. Tag someone who is helping you to grow in holiness!
Our deepest desire at Life Teen is to provide teens with opportunities to encounter Christ in His Church. You make this possible. Every donation, every partner makes a difference. Please join us in our #LTAnnualAppeal effort to raise $500,000 that we can answer God's call to reach every teen, restore every parish, and reclaim the culture. Click the #linkinbio to give now.
Autumn is here and in this season of change, the Lord reminds us in the wonders of creation that He is a living God, who continues to work in us and through us. Let yourself be in awe of the One who crafted each ornate, turning leaf, the profound dignity of the person beside you, and every unique part of who you are that makes you His beloved son or daughter. Let yourself be in awe of His heart, made manifest in everything that's around you.
Life Teen’s Annual Appeal begins TODAY! We invite you to help us continue God’s work to reach every teen, restore every parish, and reclaim the culture. Your support goes beyond a single donation and helps inspire the next generation to live for Jesus Christ. Click the #linkinbio to give now. #LTAnnualAppeal
Whatever you’re dressed up as this Halloween, we hope you’re having as much fun as this guy… about to play messy games… at the #bestcampever… in Tiger, GA. ⛰️🐼🏕️ #Halloween2017 #AllHallowsEve
Registration for both of our women's retreat opens tomorrow at 10:00 AM EST. Get ready! (Open to all women 18+) . LFTN.CO/WOMEN
“There are 10 books sitting on my nightstand. These aren’t my favorite 10 stories I come back to time and time again. These aren’t 10 stories I’ve yet to read, excited to turn the first page. No, these are books half-read -- stories I’ve begun only to put down in lieu of another. These are books I can’t quite find the willpower to finish. I’ve always been like this: allowing my boredom of something to affect my ability to follow-through. It’s as though, if something doesn’t satisfy my desire to be entertained, it isn't worth my time. I look at those 10 books on my nightstand and wonder how many times I’ve shelved God like that. How many times I’ve placed the bookmark on prayer, or Scripture, or virtue because I didn’t experience the “excitement” or “satisfaction” I had hoped for. In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaims the greatest commandment of the law is to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind. Notice Christ didn’t say “love the Lord until it becomes difficult or boring,” or love the Lord with “some of” our heart, soul, and mind. He is clear: with our ALL. Being a disciple of Christ isn’t about following Him “sorta kinda.” It is about following Him with everything we have. It’s about saying “yes” I will push through those trying moments because this story is worth reading to the very end. In which ways have you placed God up on a shelf, out of the way of something you thought would satisfy you better? In moments of temptation this week, pray this prayer: ‘God you are better than (fill in the blank). Teach me how to love you with my entire heart, mind, and soul. Amen.’” - @r_penate #LTInstablog #Ascend #Mass
Jesus Christ is Lord. He is good. And He loves you. Be moved to worship Him in the knowledge of that.
ONE WEEK AWAY!! . We can’t wait to hang with you all at Six Flags Magic Mountain. (Did we mention Mark Hart and Steve Allgeyer will be there?!?) If your youth group hasn’t signed up yet tell your Youth Minister you want to load up a bus and come. Tag them, call them, tweet them... whatever you have to do to let them know. . Registration and info: LFTN.CO/FUN-LA
Art always tells us something about the artist. And so, creation is constantly communicating something to us about the Creator. Be attentive to what God might be communicating to you in the grandeur of His creation this weekend. Photo by @kellie_goff
Men, mark your calendars for Nov 1st. It's time to gather and press into God's plan for our lives. If you're a man over 18 years old we have space for you at the Life Teen Men's Retreat in Dahlonega, GA on March 16-18, 2018. . Registration opens Nov. 1st at 10:00 AM EST. For more info and to register head to LFTN.CO/MEN . Ladies, tag your man and tell him you want him to go. How could he say no to you?