Download the seven principles of Catholic social teaching. Try to live one of the principles in a special way this week. Share how the principle helped you respond to people you met and situations you encountered.
“Eucharist is the central action of the Christian community…It’s where we find the future we want to commit ourselves to build.” Spirit explores how every Eucharist calls us to put our faith into action and to love with our lives as Jesus did, reaching out to all, familiar friends and new and different people. Hollyn’s song “Love With Your Life” boldly challenges us to live life fully and become symbols of hope and change, whether by helping someone obtain a simple meal, learning about a social issue, or taking an active role in social justice issues.
Key Lines: You gotta love with your life / Like a fire burning strong / Til’ the night has come and gone / There’s a hope that lives in you / You gotta love with your life / Like a warrior / Fight, lay it on the line / If you wanna see a change / You gotta love with your life
Questions: When have you been unable to ignore the plight of someone in your school or community? What did you do to help in that moment? What situations or people do you feel your community ignores? How can you make people more aware of this issue? What does Eucharist teach you about loving with your life?
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The meal Jesus shares with his disciples the night before he dies celebrates Passover, a feast remembering Israel’s escape from slavery in Egypt and journey to freedom in the Promised Land. In the Christian tradition the Holy Thursday Eucharist we share celebrates Jesus’ gift of himself to us and his model of service in washing his friends’ feet.
The Spirit Freedom Supper offers a framework for an online prayer service with teens. Zoom and Hangouts offer ways for online groups to meet. Young people can take turns praying the prayers. To conclude, talk about how this night sheltering in place in 2020 is different than other nights and instead of blessing hands for service, invite prayers for family and friends who are sick, vulnerable, or on the front lines in health care.
What does it mean to be courageous? Sometimes courage means standing up for or with someone through a conflict, or a big game, or through a punishing sickness. Two brothers play basketball in the Spirit story; one has to struggle with cancer. The other shaves his head in solidarity. Taylor Swift’s song “You’ll Get Better Soon” is about navigating the pain of watching someone go through cancer and having faith that they’ll get better.
Lyrics: I know delusion when I see it in the mirror / You like the nicer nurses, you make the best of a bad deal / I just pretend it isn’t real /I’ll paint the kitchen neon, I’ll brighten up the sky / I know I’ll never get it, there’s not a day that I won’t try / And I’ll say to you / Ooh-ah, soon you’ll get better / Ooh-ah, soon you’ll get better
Questions: When have been close to someone experiencing a major illness? How did it change the person? How did it affect you? What did you learn from the person who was sick? How did/do you support him or her? What does courage mean?
“Without roots in the people, no government can avail, much less when it wants to impose its program through bloodshed and sorrow.” In 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated not long after he spoke these words. Romero challenged the government in El Salvador to end the violence that was sweeping through his country and killing his people. He refused to be silent about the injustice that affect people who were poo. The song “Shooting Star” is about being a beacon of hope, whether it’s through a simple act of kindness or taking on injustice by calling out our government officials. It’s about using our talents to light up the world.
Lyrics: Let your colors burn, and brightly burst, / Into a million sparks, but all dispersed and / illuminate a world, / That’ll try to bring you down, but not this time / When the sun goes down, and the lights burn out, / Then it’s time for you to shine / Brighter than the shooting star, so shine no matter where you are / Fill the darkest night, with a brilliant light, / ‘Cause it’s time for you to shine / Brighter than a shooting star, so shine no matter where you are, tonight
Questions: Who do you see standing up injustice to people who are poor? What examples of injustice do you see in our society? How can you take a stand against them? Who that you know takes a stand against them?
Spirit explores what it means to be in a healthy relationship. The high school years are prime time for making friends and dating. Most of us spend those years within a wide circle of friends and, as we get older, we start to pair off into more exclusive relationships. When we date, we explore and set boundaries, expectations, and priorities. The song “10,000 Hours” is about being in love and how we open ourselves up to experiencing love.
Lyrics: When you close your eyes / Tell me what are you dreaming? / Everything, I wanna know it all / I’d spend 10,000 hours and 10,000 more / Oh, if that’s what it takes to learn that sweet heart of yours / And I might never get there but I’m gonna try / If it’s 10,000 hours or the rest of my life / I’m gonna love you (Ooh) / I’m gonna love you
Questions: What does love mean to you? How do you describe a healthy relationship? What boundaries do you keep between people? Who do you want to be within your circle of friends, family, or with a significant other?
Download this cross from our free Lent Resources page at goodgroundpress.com. A separate page lists color-coded activities to choose from. Do an activity and color a section of the Cross. By Easter you will have a joyful symbol of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
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