You Saved My Life: A Letter to My Youth Minister

Since starting my college career, I have seen both a member of my graduating class and a onetime friend that I have grown up with take their own lives. I have seen the pain and sadness that it causes to their friends and family alike and it chills me to think that not very long ago, that could have been me. I thank God every day, that I had all the wonderful people of Life Teen to show me God’s love personified in the world, because without you… I truly don’t know if I would be here today.

The Valentine Project: Because She Doesn’t Have Many Reasons to Smile

For a lot of people, Valentine’s Day is all about the “me.” What are people going to give me? Who’s going to text me? Oh, poor me, I’m not in a relationship, no one loves me, and no one will be showering me in chocolates, flowers, and mushy love notes. Me, me, me

But when was that ever fulfilling?

Epic Pope Francis Quotes: World Youth Day Rio 2013

Jesus, with His Cross, walks with us and takes upon Himself our fears, our problems, and our sufferings, even those which are deepest and most painful. With the Cross, Jesus unites Himself to the silence of the victims of violence, those who can no longer cry out, especially the innocent and the defenseless.

The Cross of Christ bears the suffering and the sin of mankind, including our own. Jesus accepts all this with open arms, bearing on His shoulders our crosses and saying to us: 'Have courage! You do not carry your cross alone! I carry it with you. I have overcome death and I have come to give you hope, to give you life' (John 3:16).

Why Do Catholics Believe the Pope is Infallible?

The word 'infallible' does not mean that the pope is perfect. It also does not mean that the pope knows everything. Instead, infallibility only applies when the pope speaks about solemn, official teachings on faith and morals, and he can’t ever change, add, or subtract Christian doctrine.

He only helps define or explain what we already believe, and he doesn’t do it on his own. The infallible teachings of the Pope are the result of many years – sometimes hundreds of years – of consultation with the other bishops and theologians of the Church. He is, in effect, voicing the belief of the whole Church.

What to Give Up for Lent: 25 Creative Ideas

Are you looking for something unconventional to offer up for Lent? We asked Life Teen missionaries and our friends on Facebook for cool stuff they’ve done in the past. This is what they shared.

St. John Bosco: The Saint Who’s Praying for You

John knew what it was like to have a tough childhood. Born to a poor family of farmers in 1815, he lost his father when he was only two. Though very intelligent and quite witty, John was forced to delay his dreams of priesthood while working as a shepherd and farmer, to help support his mother and siblings. At the age of nine, John Bosco had his first vision, one in which a man with a radiant face and flowing robes called him to lead a group of unruly boys behaving like wild animals. Years later John Bosco would fulfill this prophetic vision, feeling called to the missionary field of youth ministry.

Contraception and Romantic Attraction

It's common knowledge that hormonal contraception is detrimental to a woman's physical health, but there's little discussion regarding how the same drugs affect the health of her romantic relationships. Hormonal contraception changes a woman's romantic chemistry. How?

Why Do Catholics Believe Jesus was God?

Jesus Himself claims to be God throughout the Gospels as well. Jesus asked the Jews, 'Do you say . . . ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâèÏYou are blaspheming,' because I said, ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâèÏI am the Son of God'?' (John 10:36). Calling yourself God when you are not is blasphemy, the worst kind of sin for the Jews. That's why the Jews wanted to put Him to death . . .

Why Do Catholics Believe Jesus was God?

Jesus Himself claims to be God throughout the Gospels as well. Jesus asked the Jews, 'Do you say . . . ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâèÏYou are blaspheming,' because I said, ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâèÏI am the Son of God'?' (John 10:36). Calling yourself God when you are not is blasphemy, the worst kind of sin for the Jews. That's why the Jews wanted to put Him to death . . .

Why Do Catholics Believe in the personal and final judgments?

Catholics believe in the personal and final judgments because Christ told us we would be judged for all of our actions and that He, the Good Shepherd, would separate us like sheeps from goats, the good from the bad.

St. John of the Cross said, 'On the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.'

All of our actions here on earth matter because we believe that we were created to spend eternity with God. Therefore the things that we do and don't do have an effect on our souls. If we don't choose God on earth, how will we be ready (or willing) to spend eternity loving Him?

Why Do Catholics Believe in the personal and final judgments?

Catholics believe in the personal and final judgments because Christ told us we would be judged for all of our actions and that He, the Good Shepherd, would separate us like sheeps from goats, the good from the bad.

St. John of the Cross said, 'On the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.'

All of our actions here on earth matter because we believe that we were created to spend eternity with God. Therefore the things that we do and don't do have an effect on our souls. If we don't choose God on earth, how will we be ready (or willing) to spend eternity loving Him?

Why Do Catholics Bury the Dead?

Catholics take care to honor and bury the dead because St. Paul tells us that we are temples of the Holy Spirit, that God lives in our very bodies and therefore we should honor God with them (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Honoring the body doesn't stop after the person has died.

Why Do Catholics Bury the Dead?

Catholics take care to honor and bury the dead because St. Paul tells us that we are temples of the Holy Spirit, that God lives in our very bodies and therefore we should honor God with them (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Honoring the body doesn't stop after the person has died.

Why Do Catholics Confess Their Sins to a Priest?

Priests can forgive our sins because Jesus has given them that authority through the grace of Holy Orders. With that power, priests can hear and forgive our sins by acting through Christ.

Jesus gave the Church the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Penance or Confession, to allow us to have an intimate conversation with our God through the priest. . . .

Why Do Catholics Confess Their Sins to a Priest?

Priests can forgive our sins because Jesus has given them that authority through the grace of Holy Orders. With that power, priests can hear and forgive our sins by acting through Christ.

Jesus gave the Church the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Penance or Confession, to allow us to have an intimate conversation with our God through the priest. . . .

Goodbye Victoria’s Secret: An Interview with Kylie Bisutti

She had her dream job . . . and she was only 19. Kylie beat out 10,000 other women when she won the Victoria’s Secret Model Search back in 2009. She travelled the world modeling lingerie as a Victoria’s Secret Angel but Kylie realized it wasn’t everything she had hoped it would be, especially as a married woman. So last Spring she said “peace out Victoria’s Secret!”

Goodbye Victoria’s Secret: An Interview with Kylie Bisutti

She had her dream job . . . and she was only 19. Kylie beat out 10,000 other women when she won the Victoria’s Secret Model Search back in 2009. She travelled the world modeling lingerie as a Victoria’s Secret Angel but Kylie realized it wasn’t everything she had hoped it would be, especially as a married woman. So last Spring she said “peace out Victoria’s Secret!”

Why Do Catholic Priests Have to be Celibate?

Just as in Marriage spouses give themselves fully to each other ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâ‰Ûù spirit and body ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâ‰Ûù so a priest gives himself to the service of Christ for the Church. Imagine trying to give yourself fully to an entire parish and have a family to take care of! You'd have to make sure your family has food on the table and a roof over their heads and are spiritually and emotionally taken care of.

Why Do Catholic Priests Have to be Celibate?

Just as in Marriage spouses give themselves fully to each other ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâ‰Ûù spirit and body ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâ‰Ûù so a priest gives himself to the service of Christ for the Church. Imagine trying to give yourself fully to an entire parish and have a family to take care of! You'd have to make sure your family has food on the table and a roof over their heads and are spiritually and emotionally taken care of.