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The love that St. John Paul the Great had for teens and youth was no secret. He understood all too well that the success of the Church and bringing the Good News to the world lies with them. But his love for them went even deeper than bringing Christ to the future human race. He sincerely and deeply desired each child and teen to experience the joy that only Christ can give - one that, if experienced authentically, can wipe away even the darkest sorrow on this earth. This great Pope knew this deep joy and was living proof that it is possible and even expected to attain.
So, when Autotunes created this cover song, my affinity for it was instant! I LOVED how they literally tuned the Pope's words, spoken by himself, to fit the song phrases. The song stuck with me the second I heard it! In fact, it is because I heard my two daughters singing it to themselves today that I realized that I should put this out on a blog post. I HIGHLY recommend playing it for your teens and youth. They will come away with a glimpse of the great love he has for them and will remember verbatim some of his famous speech phrases.
It's an awesome win-win!
Hope you enjoy it; but be warned that it will likely not leave your head for the next week!
We love getting comments on things here at the blog or on our YouTube channel! We had a great comment from a teacher who shared her success in using the Sacrament Song in her classroom, requesting that the lyrics be available. We completely agree, so here is a PDF version of the lyrics.
Feel free to download the lyrics by clicking on the image above, but keep in mind that the copyright is pending. :)
God bless your Saturday!!
Did you ever wonder how often things actually go as planned? I know that God allows this to increase our reliance on Him, although when things get repeatedly in the way it becomes necessary to discern if we are getting in the way of God's plan or the evil one is really unhappy with what we are doing.
This has certainly been the case with this video! Forced to make this discernment, we've decided that although the evil one is likely an unhappy camper about our focus on the Trinity, this has also been a test of perseverance as well.
This very simple, supposedly quick video was created as a way to inspire kids to look for ways to understand the deeper mysteries of our faith in the world around them, specifically using the idea of the Holy Trinity. It has taken a week and a half to finally get it posted after crazy issues with iMovie, corrupt files that required reshooting of footage, and YouTube full-blown public shut-down on uploads (a major complication for YouTube that just happened to occur as we were uploading).
I will admit that given the lack of time we have had lately, getting this "quick" video done had became very frustrating and disheartening to say the least. We have some much more complicated (and exciting!) videos in the planning stages and can't wait to get started on those, but this last video of craziness attempts to bring with it a bit of doubt and trepidation for these future ones.
However, I say...Fear Be Gone! (Imagine a superhero voice...)
We are here to do God's work - no more, and no less! :)
So here is this short unassuming video about searching for the Holy Trinity...we hope the kids enjoy it and are inspired to search for more correlations on their own!
Happy Feast of the Holy Trinity!!
I have a distinct memory from when I was a kid that centered on the Trinity. I had just overheard two adults talking about how hard it was to wrap their minds around "three Persons in one." I remember feeling shocked and confused. Without considering that I might be out of place due to my youth, I assured them that it wasn't hard at all to understand it! Somewhere I had gotten the image of a three-bladed fan that I correlated with the Trinity, and I shared this with them. Although they appeared to be impressed, my guess is that they were likely patronizing me a bit. However, that memory still lingers, and I have thought about it often throughout my life. Were those two church-going adults truly confused about the three-in-one concept, or were they actually puzzled about one of its deeper mysteries?
This feast is one of the few feasts designated in the church that centers on a specific mystery. I think that this is perfectly understandable given that it is so central to our faith.
Personally, I think that the Trinity is mindboggling.
There is so much to learn and so many avenues to follow in exploring its depths that one could easily spend a lifetime searching and only cover part of it.
For those who love learning and the thrill of discovery, the Trinity is a perfect go-to. Revelations abound, so getting into this intense mystery provides lots of reward for those explorers willing to dive deep.
And for those of us not feeling the call to take that plunge quite yet, there is still so much to gain in just touching the surface. Understanding the Trinity is to understand who we are. Unearthing some of its truth means we can find some of the answers to the questions of why we are here, what we are called to be, and where we need to be going. We all need these answers. The whole world needs these answers.
So let's not be afraid to take a chance and stick our toe in the pool! I think we'll find the water cool and inviting, drawing us ever deeper into an understanding not only of God but of ourselves as well!
"You sure are quiet back there," I said, looking at my 8 year-old guy through my rear-view mirror. My son has inherited my gift of gab, so silence lasting longer than two minutes prompts immediate questioning.
"Are you OK?"
We had just left unicycle practice early to pick up a load for our small store, deliver it then head out to a concert that our girls were playing at an assisted living facility in a neighboring city. Coming off of yet another busy day the day before, I figured he was probably pretty tired.
I watched as he gathered his thoughts, unprepared for the unorthodox statement he was about to make.
"You know, you can only levitate if you have the Holy Spirit."
My eyes widened with this unusual observation that seemed to come out of nowhere. Unsure of what to say, I couldn't help but smile.
"You're so right," I nodded in agreement.
"Yeah. I mean, I think that only the Holy Spirit can give us superpowers. What other ones can we have?"
I had to think for a second about that one.
"Well, we can bilocate. Many saints have been documented doing that, like St. Martin de Porres."
"What's that?" he asked, getting excited.
"Well, it's when a person is documented to be at more than one place at one time."
We talked a little more about this concept and then moved on to other superpower possibilities. Interestingly, almost every power he could come up with that might be found in a modern marvel movie could be equated with the workings and gifts of the Holy Spirit. As often happens, a statement from the faith of a child precipitated an incredible conversation that explored our faith in ways I would never have considered.
To speak in his lingo, it was very cool.
I realized after I got home that our conversation had occurred on the weekend of the birthday of Christianity: the Feast of Pentecost. Suddenly, the conversation had become even cooler.
You see, I love Pentecost. It is AWESOME. Literally.
Having a deep desire to play my part in changing the world and bringing the Good News of Christ to a thirsty world, I take the story very personally. I love to envision myself on both sides. How amazing it would have been to be on the side of the Apostles so filled with the Holy Spirit that their fear of mortal danger and rejection was replaced with a burning fire to spread His love, literally converting thousands of people from countless ethnic and religious backgrounds. And then to be on the side of the traveler, confused and in awe of the language barrier that was suddenly and magically broken, allowing any listener within earshot to hear the Apostles' words in his/her own language. Would I have believed immediately, or would I have needed time to process and work through the mysterious happenings I had just experienced?
Either way, today I am part of that story, as the Holy Spirit continues to fill and move me to search for Him and spread His truth and love. We are all part of that story, whether we know it or not.
Where are you at in your relationship with the Holy Spirit? Given the carnal nature of God-made-man, Jesus tends to be an easier person of the Trinity to develop an intimacy with. This was the case for me until just the last couple of years, when the Holy Spirit made Himself more known to me. Getting closer to the third person in the Trinity has been an unexpected and crazy journey, and one that I hope to reveal more about as I blog here in the future.
For now, I urge you to take a leap of faith and pursue the Holy Spirit, if you haven't already. For certain, if you are open to His promptings, you will experience life in a way that you never have before.
God bless you in this journey! The Trinity is so intense and deep, offering unfathomable love, wisdom, and peace in more ways than we could ever come in contact with on this earth. Let's work together to step out in faith, becoming all that were created to be!
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Be With Us, Holy Spirit!
Enjoy some songs to help us become closer to the Third Person in the Trinity!
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