Renewing Your Faith at Home
We are in unprecedented times as a world. With all community gatherings suspended until further notice, we still find ourselves in need of ministering to our youth, continuing to proclaim Christ and make disciples of our middle and high school teens.
Recommended Online Resources
- Project YM is launching ProjectYM Live – a live, online youth group. They start Sunday, March 22 with Paul J. Kim!
- Life Teen streams Lectio Live every Wednesday at 5pm CT. Lectio Live is live-streamed on YouTube and features two of their staff leading teens in reflections on the upcoming Sunday readings.
- Life Teen is also producing a series of “Global Life Nights” for teens to participate in.
- Ascension Presents has tons of great, short videos, many which would be great for teens
- YDisciple – a series of video-based youth studies on various topics (subscription required)
- Wild Goose TV – from Fr. Dave Pivonka, featuring the Wild Goose series and more
Proofs of God
Belief in God is more than just blindly believing in an old man in the sky. Kai and Libby take you through a few of the rational arguments for the existence of God that Catholics have proposed throughout the centuries and how faith and logic can work together.
St. Wenceslaus—September 28
St. Wenceslaus, duke of Bohemia, was born about the year 907 at Prague, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). His father was killed in battle when he was young, leaving the kingdom to be ruled by his pagan mother. Wenceslaus was educated by his grandmother, Ludmilla, also a saint. She taught him to be a Christian and to be a good king. She was killed by pagan nobles before she saw him king, but she left him with a deep commitment to the Christian faith.
his life he preserved his virginity unblemished. As duke he was a father to his
subjects, generous toward orphans, widows, and the poor. On his own shoulders
he frequently carried wood to the houses of the needy. He often attended the
funerals of the poor, ransomed captives, and visited those suffering in prison.
He was filled with a deep reverence toward the clergy; with his own hands he
sowed the wheat for making altar breads and pressed the grapes for the wine
used in the Mass. During winter he would visit the churches barefoot through
snow and ice, frequently leaving behind bloody footprints.
was eighteen years old when he succeeded his father to the throne. Without
regard for the opposition, he worked in close cooperation with the Church to
convert his pagan country. He ended the persecution of Christians, built
churches and brought back exiled priests. As king he gave an example of a
devout life and of great Christian charity, with his people calling him “Good
King” of Bohemia.
brother Boleslaus, however, turned to paganism. One day he invited Wenceslaus
to his house for a banquet. The next morning, on September 28, 929, as
Wenceslaus was on the way to Mass, Boleslaus struck him down at the door of the
church. Before he died, Wenceslaus forgave his brother and asked God’s mercy
for his soul. Although he was killed for political reasons, he is listed as a
martyr since the dispute arose over his faith. This king, martyred at the age
of twenty-two, is the national hero and patron of the Czech Republic. He is the
first Slav to be canonized.
Patron: Bohemia; brewers; Czech
What Can Catholics Do to Overcome Racism?
Fr. Mark-Mary talks with Fr. Pierre Toussaint about his experience of racism and division in the Church.
Bishop Barron on the Coronavirus Quarantine
For a philosophical take on the quarantine, Bishop Barron is
the best. Could this be a Pascalian moment for Catholics? Bishop Barron has the
answer in this fourteen-minute video along with some wonderful recommendations
for further reading, including a brief description of the book that changed his
life at age sixteen.