The Lord looks on you with love, precisely where you are. But in the same moment, He continuously calls you onto something greater. Be faithful in responding to the call to holiness.
This is basically how we're feeling about this summer. Comment with an emoji that captures the essence of your summer feeling!
One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, 'sourpusses.' Nobody can go off to battle unless he is fully convinced of victory beforehand. If we start without confidence, we have already lost half the battle and we bury our talents. While painfully aware of our own frailties, we have to march on without giving in. -Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium
The life of joy you've been called to will set you apart. Don't be shocked when your life doesn't look like the rest of the world's. God has, in fact, called you to something far greater than anything the world can offer you! Photo by Nik Guiney
“Modern society is drowning in the sorrows of human passions and it is distancing itself from every ideal of love and peace. Catholics, we and you, must bring the breath of goodness that can only spring from faith in Christ.” -Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
Listen to God in the silence, away from the world, in His Word. He is eager to speak to you. Are you eager to hear Him?
Whatever life brings you today, surrender it all to Jesus. Stop trying to control, take hold of, or make demands. The Lord wants to do greater things in your life than you could ever imagine, but you have to surrender to Him and His will in order to let Him do so.
Never underestimate what the Lord, present in the humble Blessed Sacrament, can do for you and your heart. Seek Him there. Find His love there. Get lost in Him there.
Your #RelentlessFather looks at you, in everything that you are facing, with unstoppable love. Let Him love you perfectly.
He waits to encounter you. Don't let anything hold you back from Him.
The presence of Jesus is enough to transform the most broken heart. Let His love heal you.
As the slower pace of summer sets in, ask God to be part of this moment. Let Him into your rest, your fun, your joys, and even your struggles. He'll meet you in them and share His glory with you there.
Rolling into Ordinary Time like...
“Indeed, goodness + mercy will pursue me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for endless days.” -Psalm 23:6 #RelentlessFather We announced #RelentlessFather as our new annual theme today! Head to lifeteen.com/theme for all the details on how we plan to enter into this reflection this year.
We want the Holy Spirit to sleep... We want to domesticate the Holy Spirit, and that just won't do because he is God and he is that breeze that comes and goes, and you don't know from where. -Pope Francis
This holy, courageous, bold, obedient, beautiful Mother. She looked on her Son with love in the manger at Bethlehem. She watched Him preach boldly throughout Israel. And she watched as He suffered and died. In holy solitude, she trusted in the plan of God, even when it seemed impossible and, as her little children, we ask her draw us more deeply into a faith as great as her own.
A life lived with the Holy Spirit will be the grandest adventure! No part of Him will compel you to anything less than magnificent. At Baptism, you received Him, at Confirmation, His gifts were sealed in you, and as you live your life, He intends to move you into moments of God's glory. Ask for a renewed sense of closeness to the Spirit and let Him lead you where you'd never venture apart from Him.
Whatever you're holding back from God, He intends to make beautiful. Surrender everything that you think you are, everything that you think you were, and everything that you have to Him and allow Him to transform it into the thing that will make you a saint!
When you invite the Holy Spirit into your life and He starts dumping all kinds of unexpected blessings all over... Comment if we're going to see you at the #BestCampEver this summer!
In this moment, He gives it all to you.
Growing up I was a small shy kid who would pray and go to church because that’s what you did if you were a practicing Catholic. Now I realize it is so much more. I realized believing Jesus only gets an hour on Sunday or 30 seconds before meals is a very poor way to live. He is an all the time thing, and if He isn’t I’m not only letting myself down but also those around me. If I fail to be Christ to those I encounter, I fail to let them witness His love in me and His love for them. I entered this mission at 18, hoping to be Christ to teens like me. I’m 19 now and, along the way, I realized I’m not just reaching teens but men and women many years older than me. In emptying myself out completely in this mission, I invite Him in, and I am free to become who I am truly meant to be. Christ can use anyone no matter what to be His vessel, you just have to be willing to commit yourself to Him.” -Jadon Dix #LTMissionaryLife - If any of Jadon's story struck you, the Holy Spirit might be inviting you into a mission of your own. For more information on Life Teen full-time missions, head to LFTN.CO/MISSIONS
Check out @chrispadgett's #MysteryOfJoy, a new book, available in the Life Teen store, today!
Lord Jesus, be with us tonight, and keep us in your heart Give us grace and faith to realize just how great Thou art For You, our one true love, have died and risen. Now you reign. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, in Your name we humbly pray. -Excerpt from original poem by @n1ckb3rnard
In Jesus’ life he experienced moments of great joy, sorrow, glory, and times when he brought light into darkness. When we reflect on the life of Jesus through the rosary, we can start to find places where our story and His story line up. -An excerpt from #MysteryOfJoy, a new book by @chrispadgett, available in the store, Monday May 14 Photo by @ave.creative
When we pray the rosary and contemplate the mysteries of the rosary, we look at the life of Jesus through the eyes of Mary - the person that knew him best - and that is powerful. -An excerpt from #MysteryOfJoy, a new book by @chrispadgett, available in the store, Monday May 14
And suddenly it hits me, and my eyes open wide For before me sits Jesus, whom I hadn’t recognized. He showed me His true self in His Eucharistic prayer And filled with awe and wonder, all I think to do is stare. Jesus lives and breathes, and I see the glimmer in His eyes. How often is the Lord before me while I don’t recognize? And later, His ascension shows His glory never fades For He said, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” So here we sit, in the Upper Room, before our Lord again. He is with us as He promised, just as present now as then. Yet how often do I sit before him but do not recognize That same glimmer of his life and that same sparkle in His eyes?... -Excerpt from original poem by @n1ckb3rnard
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. -C.S. Lewis
Hold nothing back from the One who has fashioned your heart. By the power of the Spirit, by His transformative grace, seek to give all that you are to God who loves you most perfectly. And in that, your life will become a beautiful expression of worship. In that, you will become a saint.
In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as expiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10
In this month of May, get to know your mother... that holy woman, who, by the grace of God, united most wholly to His Spirit, bore Christ into the world, that He might save His people from sin. That fierce woman, who watched her Son suffer and die, but had faith enough to live in the hope of His resurrection. That strong woman, who continues to be strong enough to draw you deeper into the love of her most loving Son.