This week at Life Night, we talked about the reality of Satan and the tactics he uses to lead us away from Christ. More people are ascribing to the idea that Satan is a concept or a myth rather than an actual intelligent being. This idea is not held by the Church, which maintains that Satan is a real being that was created by God, but chose to rebel against God and seeks our ruin. It is dangerous to think otherwise, as it leaves us open to being attacked without realizing it. We began the Life Night with a video that presents the reality of spiritual attack and temptation. Teens listened to a talk about the tactics of the devil and how Christ reveals to us how we can stand firm against these attacks. We closed the Life Night in a time of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration.
The following questions can help get a discussion started:
How does the reality of evil challenge us as Catholics? How do we respond to it?
What can we do as a family to help each other be holier people and stay strong against sin?
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This week at Life Night we discussed the areas of our life that are open to spiritual battle. We challenged teens to reflect on areas where they are weak and need to fortify their spiritual defenses. Your son or daughter wrote a “battle plan” that examined these areas and then he or she made resolutions for how to respond with prayer and action. Take time to reflect on your own life and areas where you find spiritual attack most prevalent. How can you combat these areas? Spend a few minutes reflecting on your own faith; the greatest example that a teen can have of our Catholic faith comes from you.
This week at Life Night, we reviewed the narrative of The Fall of Humanity, and challenged teens to see the account as an archetype for all sin. During the Proclaim, we challenged teens to evaluate their relationship with Christ. We also had a special guest, Fr. Richard Mooney, join us. He introduced us to his ministerial work in Virginia's prisons, helping to spiritually nourish and guide those among us in society who have stumbled or fallen. We closed the evening with a challenge to see the cross and crucifix as a symbol of God’s love. We always encourage you to continue the conversation at home as a family:
Where do you see the effects of original sin?
How do we respond to these areas as Catholics?
What can we do to help each other, as a family, stay grounded in Christ?
This week at Life Night, we began our series on Spiritual Warfare, “The Battle.” Over the next couple of months, we will learn about the spiritual battle that rages on around us, but also will understand that Christ has already won the victory in this battle. When we give our lives to Him and strive to live as disciples, we share in Christ’s victory. This week, our Life Night celebrated this victory. The teens learned that, through Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, sin and death have been defeated, and heaven is opened for us. They spent time processing this “good news,” and then closed the evening in prayer and thanksgiving for God’s gift of life. At the end of the Life Night, we prayed a Litany to Our Lady of Victory. This is a great prayer to use every day as a family – challenge your family to pray this litany at the end of the
day every day this week.