The Youth Forum

We are called to do more than just watch 

​In SEEK2019, a 5-day conference for Catholics held in Indianapolis where there were roughly 17,000 attendees, a priest named Fr. Mike Schmitz, gave a 46-minute talk entitled “Pray The Mass Like Never Before”. This talk is available on YouTube and the SEEK2019 website along with other talks from the conference.

He made many good points that I think are very important and worth repeating. He started the talk by saying “I dislike watching sports” then went on to say: “I’ve never understood the idea of ‘oh my gosh it is so gorgeous outside what a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, let’s go and watch someone else do something’” and he explained “I’ve never understood the desire to just watch”.

“There’s nothing wrong with wanting to see excellence, but when all we end up doing is watching we are missing out on what we could be doing.”

“That’s not bad when it comes to a concert; it’s not bad when it comes to a game; but we bring that same attitude to Mass, because what do we do? We go to Mass and we show up, and we watch”. 

But that is not what we are supposed to do. Most of us go to Mass with the wrong attitude. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, or have said yourself. “I didn’t get anything out of Mass today”. Mass is not something that is just for us to receive. It is more about what we give: “the heart of religion is Worship and the heart of worship is sacrifice”, and worship is not about what you get, worship is about what you give.

Think of the relationships in your life, whether it’s your family, your pet, significant other etc. If all you think of in those relationships is “What can I get out of this relationship?”, then ultimately that relationship will fail, because there is no sacrifice involved as you are using that relationship for your own pleasure.

For example, if you have a pet, you have a duty to feed it and keep it safe. The pet is not just there for you to admire at no cost: you must look after it and make sacrifices for it; such as feeding it every day, washing it and bringing it inside if it’s cold outside.

Your pet depends on you. If you just looked at it, and never did anything for it, your pet would die. It is the same as your relationship with God. If all we think of is “what can God give me”, without thinking of what we can give to God as well, then it is another relationship that will die.

f all we do is watch and expect for us to get something without doing anything, that relationship will fail. Without sacrifice a relationship isn’t meaningful.

 urge you to pray during Mass, pray the prayers, listen to the readings and use every opportunity given for your own prayer and praise. “For the praise and glory of His name, for our good and the good of all His holy Church”.

​The Power of the Rosary

​In 1978 there was a serial killer named Ted Bundy who went on a rampage in Florida, in the university of Tallahassee. After brutally raping and killing two sorority sisters, and seriously injuring two others, Bundy opened the door to another room. The young woman inside saw him open the door and was sure he was going to kill her, Bundy, however, stopped, dropped his weapon and fled.

When police arrived on the scene, they found this young woman in a near catatonic state. She refused to speak to anyone except a priest. The local priest, Monsignor William Kerr, was called to the scene.

Upon his arrival, she recounted what had happened, and informed Monsignor Kerr that, when she went away to college, she had promised her mother that she would pray the Rosary every night before bed for protection. That night, she had fallen asleep while praying, and still held her rosary in her hand when Bundy opened the door to her room.

Years later, Bundy asked for spiritual guidance from the same priest who had met with that young woman, Monsignor Kerr. When asked about the incident in that Florida State sorority house, Bundy said that, when he’d opened the door to that young woman’s room, he had every intention of killing her.

However, when he tried to step through the doorway, a mysterious force prevented him from doing so.  He dropped his weapon and ran away!

The Rosary is the most powerful weapon we have. Saints would hold Rosaries over possessed people and the demons would shriek out of fear and pain.

​The Rosary has the power to burn demons and is our strongest protection against evil. Pray it as often as possible. Our Lady of Medjugorje asks for it to be prayed every day. One day it may save your earthly life, and even your eternal one!