Music and the Gospel: “Walk Me Home,” Pink, 2nd Sunday of Lent

Painful emotions can throw off our sense of self and purpose. Some of us face the challenge, slowly adjust, and move on. Painful experiences push us to grow, expand what we are capable of, and strengthen how we handle things. The song “Walk Me Home” is about moving through a tough time (either by embracing it ourselves or asking for help) and pushing ourselves forward.

Key Lyrics: Walk me home in the dead of night / I can’t be alone with all that’s on my mind, mhm / So say you’ll stay with me tonight / ‘Cause there is so much wrong goin’ on outside / There’s somethin’ in the way I wanna cry / That makes me think we’ll make it out alive / So come on and show me how we’re good / I think that we could do some good, mhm


Questions: What has surprised you lately? How has a painful experience changed your idea of who you are? What did you learn from it? How were you able to move on? How can you use your experience to help others going through something similar?

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Music and the Gospel: “Guiding Light,” Mumford & Sons

This week’s SPIRIT talks about the expectations we place on ourselves and that others place upon us. High school is a stressful time that challenges us to balance academics, social lives, work obligations, and activities like sports or music. At times, all these responsibilities can feel like weight of the world on our shoulders and get in the way of making good decisions about grades, relationships, or even physical/mental health. The song “Guiding Light” is about paying attention to the expectations that guide us and those around us. It’s about recognizing that we aren’t perfect, but that we can also serve as beacons of light to our family and friends.

Key Lyrics: If we come back and we’re broken / Unworthy and ashamed / Give us something to believe in / And you know we’ll go your way / ‘Cause I know I had it all on the line / But don’t just sit with folded hands and become blind / ‘Cause even when there is no star in sight / You’ll always be my only guiding light

Questions: What expectations do you have of yourself? What expectations do others have for you? When have these expectations clashed? How do they influence the way you make decisions? How do you balance them out? Who guides you? Who can you guide?

Lent Resources for Teens

1. Free Downloads!  Teens created this cross of Lenten practices. We invite you to download, print, and distribute it at goodgroundpress.com. We also have other free downloads and activities for teens and their families on our Lent Resources page.

2. Online Retreats  Is there a teen in your life who needs to pray? A Confirmation candidate who missed the Confirmation retreat? A young person struggling with God or Church, or both? 

We have two teen-tested short online retreats that can help. Review them below. Then forward the link or this email to the teen you are thinking of. Our prayers go with them.

 Life Is a Puzzle: A “Pieceful” Retreat


 Psalm 139: O God, You Know Me


Other resources for teens are on our website — goodgroundpress.com.

Music and the Gospel: “High Hopes,” Panic! At The Disco

This week’s SPIRIT celebrates the Starry Night Prom that students at De La Salle High School host for people who are disabled. The prom has become a favorite event for both the hosts and the guests as both delight in friendship and happiness. The song “High Hopes” reflects optimism and celebrates what makes each of us unique and beautiful.

Key lines: Had to have high, high hopes for a living / Shooting for the stars when I couldn’t make a killing / Didn’t have a dime but I always had a vision / Always had high, high hopes / Had to have high, high hopes for a living / Didn’t know how but I always had a feeling / I was gonna be that one in a million / Always had high, high hopes

Questions: How do differently-abled students fit in at your school and community? What have you learned from volunteering with people unlike you? How does volunteering build relationships and understanding?

Music and the Gospel: “Closer To Your Heart,” Kari Jobe

Jesus tells us “…Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you and pray for those who insult you.” Jesus values compassion towards all, from our family and friends, to those we consider enemies, to those we know nothing about at all. In the case of people who hurt us, this can be a difficult challenge. Keep in mind that we don’t always know why people behave the way they do. Kari Jobe’s song “Closer to Your Heart” is about embracing an attitude of compassion. When we do this, we live more like Jesus did and can create positive change in our schools and communities.
 
Key Lyrics: I get lost inside this wonder / Cause there’s so much to discover /New dimensions of your glory / And I’ve only seen a glimpse / You keep drawing me, you keep drawing me / Closer to your heart / You keep calling me, you keep calling me / Closer to your heart

Questions: When have you experienced an unexpected act of compassion? When have you extended compassion to someone else? What did you see that made you extend a hand to them? How can you spread an attitude of compassion around your school and community? What kind of communities will Jesus’ teaching create? What is a way you practice loving your enemies?

Music and the Gospel: “Blue Wings,” Wild Nothing

The love of a beloved family member or friend often anchors our lives in ways we don’t see. A loss can change family dynamics and how we see ourselves. When we lose someone we love, it rocks our world and its stability. It can be hard when other people are sympathetic and more polite than usual because it surfaces the feelings of loss. However, no matter what we go through, we have a capacity for resilience within us to work through loss and change. Wild Nothing’s song “Blue Wings” is about recognizing our own inner strength, sometimes with the help of people around us. Blessings can come from the most unexpected places or during the saddest of times.

Key Lyrics: All my fears in a steam room stall / I sweat and sweat ’til I’ve had enough / ‘Til I’m in first place / ‘Til our horse comes out ahead / And my chest is full / Blue wings to lift me up / Heartbeat stops, you lift me up / Under the wire comes my love
 
Questions: When have you experienced a loss? How has it affected you? How has the loss affected the way people see you? When have you been unexpectedly blessed? How can you bless other people? Read the Sunday Gospel on page 3 of this week’s SPIRIT Issue. How do the poor, sorrowing, hungry, and persecuted bless us? How can you be a blessing to them?

Music and the Gospel: “Better Than Today,” Rhys Lewis

This week’s SPIRIT tells us the story of Father Tolton, the first African-American priest, whose dedicated ministry wore him out too young. Racism and white privilege persist—Jim Crow laws, current incarceration levels, the death of too many young African Americans. Black Lives Matter. Accepting all who are different from us challenges us every day. Father Tolton gives an inspiring example of persevering against ignorance to serve Black Catholic parishes. The song “Better Than Today” is reminds us all of the strength we have inside of us and create positive change within our community and the people around us.

Key Lyrics: I don’t read the headlines / And I don’t watch the news / ‘Cause silence faith in something every time I do / Well I don’t need to bury / My head in the sand / But I’m just tryna live this life as best as I can / Times get tough / But I don’t give up / ‘Cause I know I’m not alone

Questions: When have you experienced prejudice? How did it make you feel? What did the experience teach you? When have you recognized prejudice in yourself? Who in your school or city have you seen disrespected? How did you handle it? What are some ways you can combat prejudice in your school or city?