Music and the Gospel: “Photograph,” Ed Sheeran

Relationships can be hard, especially in high school.  This week’s issue focuses on relationships, how they can affect us, change us, and what can happen when they don’t work out.

Key lines: Loving can hurt / Loving can hurt sometimes / But it’s the only thing that I know / When it gets hard / You know it can get hard sometimes / It is the only thing that makes us feel alive

Questions: Think about a time when you really liked someone.  How did that make you feel?  Now think about a time you were hurt by someone you cared about.  What did you learn from that experience?  How did you deal with the situation?  How has it affected your relationships with other people or changed your perspective on future relationships?

Music and the Gospel: “Up To The Mountain,” Robbie Seay

“Whoever is not against us is for us.”  In Sunday’s Gospel we reflect on the lives of Mother Marianne Cope and Father Damien de Veuster. Both Mother Marianne and Father Damien gave their lives in service of people suffering from leprosy and who had thus been casted out from their communities.  Their faith showed them that there is no difference between us and those society considered outcasts.

Key lines: Sometimes I feel like / I’ve never been nothing but tired / And I’ll be walking / Til the day I expire / Sometimes I lay down / No more can I do / But then I go on again / Because you asked me to.

Questions: Who has our society excluded? What issues draw lines between people in your community or school? Think up ideas that may help you to resolve those issues.

We Day!

Tune in on Friday, August 21, 2015, 8/7 CT for the first-ever U.S. commercial-free hour long broadcast of We Day!  We Day is a special event celebrating youth dedicated to changing their world and will be hosted by Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Jonas, and many more!  Visit for more information.


Photo via Flickr user Katharina Friederike

Photo via Flickr user Katharina Friederike

“To them I have revealed your name, so that your love for me may live in them.” – John 17.26

Whose kindnesses and love bring this text alive in your life? How can you, too, have Christ’s love live on in your daily tasks?

Put a photo of someone you admire or love in a place where you see it daily. Give thanks to God for this person in your life.

Prayer for the week

Come, Holy Spirit.

6th Week of Easter

Photo via Flickr user  Olga Lednichenko

Photo via Flickr user
Olga Lednichenko

“Peace is my gift to you.” – John 14.27

Jesus promises his disciples peace. He sends them on Easter evening to be instruments of his peace and forgiveness as God has sent him. Be an instrument of peace in your family and office.

Look over the day each evening to see how what the Spirit of Christ risen is teaching you.

Prayer of the week: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.