Do you realize the power that exists within you? That in your baptism, you received the very life of God within your soul? That He compels you to do amazing things? It is no accident that you exist on this Earth right now. It is not a mistake that the events taking place all around you are taking place during the course of your life. God has poured the power of His Spirit in you so that He can let His love transform this world through YOU. Listen to His voice, be obedient to His call, and let Him have glory in all things. The love of God heals our broken world.
The joy of community, fellowship, and seeking Jesus with fellow men who inspire you is all too real in the mountains of Georgia. If you're eager to enter into a joy like this, consider joining us for our men's retreat, March 16-18 in Dahlonega, GA. Go to LFTN.CO/MEN for more information!
What is it that's holding you back from giving everything to Jesus? Is it your doubts that He exists? Doubts that He cares? Is it shame from something that you did last week, last month, last year? Is it because you think He's nice, but not necessary... you can get by just fine without Him? Is it because too many bad things have happened for you to think that He's as loving as people say He is? Is it because you know that if you give him everything, that means you have to give Him that relationship, that brokenness, that fear? Whatever it is -- whatever is keeping you from surrendering everything to Jesus -- it isn't worth a life without Him. And more than that, He desires to give you so much more than whatever it is you're clinging to.
My Catholic sons and brothers, we can only build a certain foundation for masculinity on the rock, Jesus Christ. 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, Diocese of Phoenix, AZ Join us for our Men's Retreat March 16-18 in Dahlonega, GA. Go to LFTN.CO/MEN for more information!
Although we fast and pray in Lent, this season isn't meant to be a season of pure sorrow -- we worship a God who has made even our suffering a cause for joy. In this first full week of Lent, Jesus wants to bring you joy, even in your sacrifices, in your penance, even in your suffering. In your Lenten journey, return to Jesus, give Him your whole heart, and as the Father rejoices in receiving you, rejoice with Him!
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and He remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. -Mark 1:12 Jesus is not unaware of our struggles. He's not detached from our trials. He has entered into them. He knows them. He's lived them and He's died with them. Which is what gives us the ability to find new life in them. Don't be discouraged by temptations. Don't be too hard on yourself for failures. Don't be defeated by sin. Look to Jesus and beg His Spirit to give you the strength to overcome anything that is not of God.
Our God is a God who has chosen to be near us. Seek Jesus in others, in Scripture, and in the sacraments. He longs to be near to you.
It is You Jesus, stretched out on the cross, who gives me strength and are always close to the suffering soul. Creatures will abandon a person in his suffering, but You, O Lord, are faithful... -St. Faustina In Lent, in a special way, we're invited to suffer with Jesus. In our small sacrifices and in the inevitable suffering we'll encounter in life, Jesus gives us strength -- not in a detached, distant way, but by entering into our suffering with us. Whatever you're enduring right now, be it your small Lenten sacrifice or a profound trial, look for Jesus in it. He doesn't care about you from afar. He suffers with you and His strength is strong enough to endure whatever it is you face. Photo by Bryan Nguyen
May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us. -St. Teresa of Avila
Let Him speak to you.
When it feels like hope is no where is precisely when Jesus is trying to break through every lie and be your hope. Be brave enough to ask for faith to believe that evil will not be victorious and to surrender only to Him.
By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert. -CCC 540 In this holy season, we pray, we fast, and we give alms, so that we can be close to Christ in His suffering. We haven't been saved by a god who knows nothing of suffering. We've been saved by a Lover who took on our suffering for Himself so that He could save us. When we deny ourselves during this season, we thank Him for that gift. #Lent #AshWednesday
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Even now, says the Lord, return to Me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. For gracious and merciful is He, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. -Joel 2:12-13 #AshWednesday
If you're looking for a way to grow this Lent, check out our sold-out Lenten resource, Glorious Wounds. It is NOW available in our goBooks app for all iOS devices just in time for Ash Wednesday! Check it out: LFTN.CO/GOBOOKS
I turn to You, Lord, in time of trouble, and You fill me with the joy of salvation. -Psalm 32
God, who created you, in His own image and likeness, takes joy in the ways you, like Him, create. When you take time, effort, dedication, and commitment to tell stories, write songs, paint portraits, play music, craft poetry, He is glorified. Wherever your art takes you, give all glory to Him!
This is what love looks like. It's not easy. Its demands are intimidating. Because real love demands your whole self, your whole life, your everything. Jesus has shown us the way and, with His grace, he invites us to live it with Him. Ask for the grace to understand what love really looks like and for the grace to live according to it. Photo by Joe Sanchez
Fridays are for friends! Tag a friend you're gonna pray for before the end of the day and then pray for 'em!
“I desire only Him and to be wholly His.” -Brother Lawrence
GIVEAWAY! We’re giving away 3 copies of our new Lent companion “Glorious Wounds” to people that share their favorite “Lent fail” here on Instagram. Post a photo or video today or tomorrow and tell us about one of the ways you struggled through Lent in the past. Use the hashtag #GloriousWounds and tag @lifeteen in the post, and we’ll select 3 winners at random tomorrow night! Good luck and happy (almost) Lent! (Only available to US users)
The world is coming at you from all angles telling you that if you look a certain way, you'll be worth it. If you hit a certain GPA, you'll be valuable. If you get a certain job, your life will mean something. It's telling you that, as you are isn't good enough -- you need to change. But Jesus doesn't ask you to change for Him. When you receive His love though, you'll be transformed. Whatever your life looks like, Jesus wants in. Don't think you need to look like a good Christian to be His. Simply be humble enough to tell Him you need Him.
Ministry is a battle. But you don't have to fight it alone. Join hundreds of other youth ministers, core members, educators, and priests at the Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention this June in AZ. You'll learn from some of the Church's most powerful ministry veterans, share stories of success and trials with minsters in the trenches, as well as be inspired and empowered through moments of prayer, worship, and sacraments. #CYMC For more information and to register head to: LFTN.CO/CYMC
Jesus Christ, Lord of all things! You see my heart, You know my desires. Possess all that I am -- You alone. I am Your sheep; make me worthy to overcome the Devil. -St. Agatha Photo by Bryan Nguyen
Jesus does not abandon us. His heart, in its tenderness, is moved in pity for us whenever we fall away from Him. He will teach you if you let Him. He will form you if you let Him. He will transform you if you let Him. Receive Him. Receive new life.
Let everything in creation draw you to God... the trees, the meadows, the sun, the sky, and the whole universe. You will find that they exhort you to love and praise God; that they excite you to extol the greatness of the Sovereign Architect Who has given them their being. -St. Paul of the Cross Photo by Joe Sanchez
Be friends with people who have good habits.
Darkness can only be scattered by light. Hatred can only be conquered by love. -St. John Paul II Photo by Jacob Bentzinger
The leaders of the Church are being formed today! Registration for the Life Teen Leadership Conference is open TODAY! Check out LFTN.CO/LTLC to find out why bringing your teens to this conference will make a difference, not only in their lives, but in the greater life of the Church! We can't wait to see you there! #LTLC
Youth ministers are often responsible for inviting us into some of the silliest, craziest, and most joy-filled moments of our lives. Whether it's getting paint dumped on you at summer camp or a quiet adoration night at your parish, your youth minister cares about you knowing and living in the true joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus. Today, on the feast of St. John Bosco, the patron saint of youth ministry, we celebrate youth ministry and all youth ministers! Tag a youth minister or core member who has drawn you deeper into the love of Christ!