St. Patrick’s Breastplate is a prayer for protection and guidance. Christ is always with us providing us strength and wisdom.
January 25 is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. St. Paul’s encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus converted him from a persecutor of Christians to a fully committed follower of Jesus.
This reflection on the Epiphany will help youth understand that following Jesus means giving our whole selves over to him and leaving behind anything which is hindering us.
This reflection will help youth understand the Parable of the Ten Virgins. In this parable, Jesus asks us to be prepared and ready.
You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all – St. Thérèse of Lisieux
This reflection on the Parable of the Two Sons helps us consider that we cannot just say we are Christians. We must also act. And we must sometimes have the humility to admit we were wrong and then do the right thing.
This youth ministry reflection on Matthew 16:21-27 helps teens understand what it means to “take up your cross” and gives them some concrete ideas of how they can do this. This reflection would work well in conjunction with Stations of the Cross if time allows.
The readings for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time encourage us to make our relationship with God first in all we do. So discipleship, baptism, and redemption are good themes for this weekend’s readings.
Conversion is an ongoing, lifelong, daily experience. This video provides wonderful background material for a youth ministry discussion about discipleship, the epistles of St. Paul, or conversion.
In Year A, these readings inspire us to understand that Jesus has saved us and we are called to spread that good news to others.