As I mentioned in an earlier update, Kristen will be writing articles for LIFE TEEN in the bulletin. For some reason it didn't make it into this Sunday's, but that's ok. We'll work it out. It's too good not to share. Here it is...
In the gospel this weekend we hear Jesus say that if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. He also says that if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. He goes on to say that if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Well, if this conversation occurred today, in 2015, Jesus would have a lot of other relevant examples to speak about.
He might say that if you cell phone causes you to sin, turn it off. Or if your computer causes you to sin, turn it off. He might mention that if your TV, YouTube, or Netflix causes you to sin, turn it off. Maybe it would be smart to spend more time with your family, serve others in the community, or spend your time with God before you partake in the many options of electronic media today.
The idea of "turning off" social media may be hard to swallow, but your not alone. Divine Mercy Parish "Life Nights" present ways to combat the struggles one might face in our society today. Through the LIFE TEEN program, strongly based on the Eucharist, every Sunday our youth experience a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. Come join us! And don't say what a coincidence; I was just thinking of coming. There are no coincidences, only "GODINCIDENCES," like St. John Paul II says.
This sums up our Life Night pretty well. We focused on what our relationship with others, and with our God might look like if we put the phones down and spent more time listening. Kristen also shared with us the following video...
To end the night, we were introduced to the One Minute Challenge; to spend one minute each day in silence, free from distraction, and listen. We were reminded that while this may be difficult, Jesus is already there in that silence waiting for us.
Ryan began using his gifts for the church shortly after high school starting with music ministry at his parish and then on to campus ministry at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has since also served as a parish youth minister and Coordinator of Adolescent Formation. Ryan shares the good news of the gospel hoping to compassionately inspire a response to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him and "become fishers of men." Ryan currently serves as full time Youth Minister here at Divine Mercy Parish.