Words of Advice: From a Teacher

This post by Rachel Penate is reprinted from LifeTeen.com

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Walk into any Target, and the over-stimulating abundance of new pens and notebooks will tell you: a new school year is here.

I’m sure this time of year has brought on a familiar feeling — a sadness that the summer is over. But, this year I’ll guess it’s most likely different. You’re heading to college! And even though college is still labeled “school,” you may be experiencing a different feeling of anxiety or excitement. As a high school teacher, I saw many of my own students, upon approaching those unchartered waters, really come to question what college would be. Yes, college is an opportunity to “break free from your parents,” and make new friends. But, college is (even more) an invitation to experience the raw and limitless opportunities of learning.

The goal of this blog is to encourage you that learning doesn’t have to provoke a sort of sadness within you that summer is over, but rather, a joy that you have the opportunity to learn something new each and every day — even in the months of June, July, and August.

1. BE A LEARNER FOR LIFE (NOT JUST FOR A SEMESTER)

The knowledge you gain in the classroom is important. But, here is the reality: learning is a necessity wherever you go. To learn is to grow in knowledge of a specific topic. But, learning also means being able to adapt and adjust to new topics, surroundings, and people.

How many of you are uncomfortable with the idea of living with a new roommate, or even living away from home? I went to college 12-hours from home, and I was royally homesick for a full semester. But, I stuck it out, and listened to God. When I was open to learn why, He was able to show me why He called me there, and give me the necessary grace to grow more comfortable in my surroundings.

When we are open to the Lord’s calling, He will draw us to uncomfortable places. College is not the only time we will experience this — our opportunities to learn are endless. Be confident; when we are open to learning how to adjust to those places, people, or topics we are able to recognize how smart God is. He is going to lead us to exciting places because He knows our hearts better than we know our own.

Practical thought: When you are uncomfortable, or struggling through a new situation in college, ask the Lord (and those close to you), “What can I learn from this?”

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Covecrest 2014: What Now?

Q: “Covecrest was great! But what now?”
A:

(Chris)

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March for Life 2015

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WHAT:

The March for Life is an annual pro-life rally held in Washington, D.C. on or around the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion in the case Roe v. Wade.

This year Light of Christ will again participate along with many other youth groups all over the Diocese of St. Petersburg to drive up in buses to Washington, D.C. for the march.

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WHEN:

Tuesday evening, January 20th – Saturday morning, January 24th

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Boring Catholics

This post by Brian Kissinger is reprinted from LifeTeen.com

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Q: I’m Catholic and I go to Mass and Confession but I’m struggling with the friendships I’ve made at church. I feel bad for saying this, but all the churchy kids I know are incredible boring. I can’t stand all the “good” kids! We have absolutely zero things in common. I mean seriously, how do I find good teens that do something more interesting than play basketball?

A: Thanks for being so honest. First of all I want to affirm you for striving toward holiness. It’s not a small thing that you are going regularly to daily Mass, and the habit of going to Confession is a sign that you’re really seeking to follow Jesus more closely.

You’re right that community is an essential part of our Catholic faith. I’ve seen in my life how my friends have the power to encourage me or to draw me further away from God. So what do we do when the faithful kids we know are boring and the fun ones are doing bad stuff?

You made an interesting point when you said that you have nothing in common with the “good” kids. I would argue that you (hopefully) have less in common with the “bad” kids. Sometimes it comes down to a question of priorities: am I more concerned with my social life or the state of my soul?

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How Was Covecrest 2014?: Teen’s Perspective

Q: “How was Covecrest?”
A:

(Genesis)

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