The Children of the King
Because we need others to help us remain strong in our commitment to Christ and his Church. The Bible says, "Love one another" (Jn 15: 12); "Encourage one another" (2 Cor. 13: 11); "Instruct and admonish one another." (Col. 3: 16)
Remember, theres no such thing as a "Lone Ranger Christian." The New Testament tells us that Jesus sent his disciples out "two by two" (Mark 6:7), and that the early Christians "devoted themselves to . . . the communal life" (Acts 2: 42). In other words, they loved, challenged and supported one another! We must do the same! Its very easy to become "enamored of the present world" (2 Timothy 4: 10) and go back to our old way of living. We need the help of others to stay on the narrow road that leads to eternal life! (See Mt. 7: 13-14.)
At least once a week, to help us "to stir into flame the gift of God bestowed" on us at Baptism and Confirmation, and renewed within us at the Steubenville Conference. (See 2 Timothy 1: 6.)
At least 15 minutes.
On Thursday nights, during our weekly prayer-share group. On weeks when we dont have a meeting, other arrangements could be made for the sharing group to meet. Or at least make the effort to talk to one another on the phone! That should be a very easy commitment for teens to make!
We are called to know, love and serve God. These areas should form the subject matter for our sharing groups.
To know God:
What have I done this week to further my understanding of God? of my Catholic faith? (For example: What have I learned from reading Scripture? What have I learned from reading other religious books or magazines? Or from watching EWTN? Or from reading something on cfpeople.org or another good Catholic web site?)
To love God:
In my quest to become "perfect" as my heavenly Father is perfect, what acts of prayer and piety have nourished my union with Christ and others? (For example: Mass; Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; Prayer Groups; daily Rosary; daily Scripture reading; novenas or other devotions.)
To serve God:
How have I tried to be a good witness for Christ in my family, at my school, at my place of employment? How have I tried to evangelize my friends? Through the Corporal and Spiritual works of mercy, what have I done to help those in need? (Corporal Works of Mercy: Feeding the hungry; clothing the naked; giving drink to the thirsty; sheltering the homeless; caring for the sick; visiting those in prison; burying the dead. Spiritual Works of Mercy: Converting sinners; instructing the ignorant; counseling the wayward; Comforting the sorrowful; bearing adversities patiently; forgiving others; praying for the living and the dead.)
Someone should volunteer to facilitate the group each week. Every gathering should begin and end with a prayer. These prayers may be said by the leader, or by someone else.
If you are open, serious, respectful, sensitive, enthusiastic and charitable toward one another, these groups will be a great blessing to your spiritual life.