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.

M4L 2015 Flyer


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?”
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Heroic Masculinity

This post by Joel Stephanek is reprinted from LifeTeen.com

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“Man up.”

“Be a man.”

“You are the man.”

I’ve heard all these things, starting in elementary school. They didn’t stop in middle school, increased as I began to play football and joined the wrestling team, and continue to be spoken in various ways to me as a young adult. Every time I hear them I wonder, “What exactly do you mean?”

Our world has given us many examples of what they define masculinity to be – and most of them are competing and contradicting one another. What it means to “be a man” to one person may look completely different to another person. Whenever I hear another person give me a definition of what a man is supposed to look like I can’t help but think – “wow, that completely contradicts the last definition of manhood I heard today.”

What if there was a way to find authentic manhood – to realize our masculine identity and reclaim it? When we know who we are as men and what we were created to do – everything changes.

IN THE BEGINNING…

If we want to understand masculinity, we have to understand God’s original purpose for it. When God created the first man, Adam, He gave him three very important tasks: Adam needed to cultivate life in the garden, he was charged by God to help create new life, and he was the garden’s protector.

When Adam and Eve sin, Adam fails at all of three of his responsibilities. Instead of protecting, Adam is apathetic and weak as the serpent tempts Eve (Genesis 3:1-6). Instead of helping to create life and cultivate it, Adam, through his sin, destroys life and sows death into the world. Adam fails at his responsibility.

As men, we still have those three tasks to fulfill – but we don’t have an example of how to fulfill them if we look to Adam. Instead, we need to look to the one that St. Paul calls Christ the new Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45); this is Jesus Christ. Jesus restores what it means to be a man and to reclaim our identity – and we do that through cultivating, creating, and protecting.

There is a challenge, though, because as men we are presented with alternatives in our world that distort these three duties, and the battle for a true masculine identity rages between them. We must make the choice of the example we are going to follow: Do we go the path of Adam or do we follow Christ? We must make a choice between cultivating weeds or cultivating fruit; creating or destroying, and protecting or giving in to apathy.

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Calm in the Storm?: Living with Anxiety

This post by Michelle Neitzke is reprinted from LifeTeen.com

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I would panic. I didn’t understand what was going on. My heart would race, my palms would sweat, and my body felt like it belonged to another world, but as a little girl all that I could explain to my mom was “that I felt weird.”

Throughout my childhood I experienced situations like this. I lived in fear, but not the type of fear that could be silenced by a calm voice or reason. My mind spun, my brain hurt, and I often felt panicked. Only later in my life did I find out what I was experiencing had a name, it was called anxiety. Don’t get me wrong, my whole childhood wasn’t defined by living with anxiety. I excelled in school and activities as well as thrived as a seemingly well adjusted child, but anxiety was a real suffering, something that I had to deal with often – even daily.

I couldn’t name the way I felt as “anxiety” until I was in high school. What seemed to be a normal visit to the doctor led to questions about my mental health. A few more questions and evaluations and I could put a name to my suffering. Knowing that I suffered from anxiety and that I knew what to call it wasn’t frightening, it was almost a comfort. Anxiety was a real thing and I now understood what was causing me distress.

If you suffer from anxiety, you know that it is a true battle and a real cross in your life, perhaps even the biggest cross you carry.

For those of you who experience anxiety, I want you to know that you are not alone. Anxiety is the most commonly diagnosed mental health issue. In the midst of anxiety or a panic attack it may feel like no one can understand what you are experiencing or that you are alone. Have great confidence that there are many others who have experienced what you are going through, there is help, and there is even hope.

Living with anxiety has brought me into some of the deepest trenches of suffering and sorrow in my life. There have been times that I didn’t deal with my anxiety in healthy ways, times that I didn’t have hope, and times that I didn’t know how to deal with the pain.

I don’t want that for you. Here are a few things that I have learned on the journey.

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