SPIRIT explores service and ways to put our faith into action this week It isn’t easy to see the poverty around us if we are not living in it. People living without what they need don’t want us to see what is happening. Most of us, especially young people our own age, want to help if we do see others in tough situations. We serve God when we serve our neighbors. Some people have the means to donate money; some donate time and talents. “Higher Love” is a powerful song about what it means to seek out purpose and to respond to Jesus’ call to serve others. It challenges us to move into action.
Key Lines: Think about it, there must be a higher love / Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above / Without it, life is wasted time / Look inside your heart, and I’ll look inside mine / …Bring me a higher love / Bring me a higher love, oh / Bring me a higher love / Where’s that higher love I keep thinking of?
Questions: Where do you see people living in poverty in your community? What are some ways you can serve in your local community? When have you felt called to a higher purpose? What is it?
This week’s SPIRIT is about caring for others, being a caregiver and showing compassion for those around us. Whether we care for an elderly person, a child, or someone with a disability, people have remarkable ways of living that can inspire us. Someone’s capacity for strength and resilience can teach us how to approach each day with optimism and laughter. The song “Smile” is about choosing to smile in the face of adversity and infusing our lives with joy.
Key Lyrics: There’s always a reason / To always choose joy / There’s something deeper / That the world can’t destroy / Smile, when you think you can’t / Smile, get up and dance / Smile, there’s a bigger plan / The storm only lasts for a while / So smile
Questions: When have you had to act as a caregiver to someone else? What have you learned from the person? How can you spread care and compassion this holiday season?
People influence us. Voices in our minds put us down. Voices around us judge us based on where we are from, how we speak, how we dress, even their skin color. These snap judgments can prevent us from being open and accepting and can create an environment of silence that can be even more hurtful than words spoken aloud. Lauren Daigle’s song “You Say” is about remembering who God says we are—that we are more than the judgments people make about us. We are valuable and worthy human beings who are more than our failures in our own and others’ eyes.
Key lines: I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough / Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up / Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low / Remind me once again just who I am because I need to know / Ooh oh / You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing / You say I am strong when I think I am weak / And you say I am held when I am falling short / And when I don’t belong, oh You say I am Yours / And I believe (I) / Oh I believe (I) / What You say of me (I) / I believe
Questions: When have you judged someone? When have you felt judged? How do you treat someone who creates distance from you? Who does God say you are? What helps you remember who God says you are? How can you help create bridges between different groups within your community?
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?