Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

Youth Playlist 6

God made you out of love, and God made you for love.

Sometimes, it's very hard for us to believe that God loves us unconditionally, totally, completely, no matter what.

The offerings below will help you receive God's unimaginable love for you.

As God loves us, we are called to share that love with others.  Our love for each other reflects God's love for us.

You'll also find below some reflections on what real love looks like in our human relationships.

 

(You can find more Prayer Playlists for teens HERE.)

 

Here are some Scripture passages about God's amazing love for you:

                       Isaiah 43:1

                       Ephesians 3:16-19

                       Romans 8:38-39

                       Isaiah 54:10

                       1 Corinthians 13:4-7

                       Psalm 36:5-7

                       Jeremiah 31:3

Here are some blog articles about what God's love for us is like (and what real human love looks like too):

                       Searching for Real Love on Valentine's Day

                       What Love is Not

                       God, You Love Me

                       God's Love Languages  

 

Catholic Central's overview of what the Church teaches about the types of love:  What Is Love?

Dynamic Catholic's take on the difference love makes:  What Is Love?

From Ascension Presents:

                         God the Father Loves Each of You

                         Love is an Ability

And here's a beautiful short film about how nothing can separate from God's love, from Nooma:  Lump.

 

Cory Asbury, Reckless Love

Pentatonix, Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Lauren Daigle, Salt and Light

Lauren Daigle, Love Like This

Jesse Manibusen, Maria

Matt Maher, Your Love Is Extravagant

Tauren Wells, Fully Known

Tenth Avenue North, Love Is Here

Stellar Kart, You Never Let Go

Sanctus Real, The Face of Love

Third Day, I've Always Loved You

Building 429, You Are Loved

 

Spend some time in prayer (just in your head or maybe writing/sketching in your journal) wondering:

  • How do you feel loved by the people in your life?
  • How do you feel loved by God?
  • Is it ever hard for you to feel lovable?
  • Can you imagine God looking at you with complete love, and can you receive God's loving gaze?
  • How do you allow God's love to flow through you to others?

 

3-Minute Retreats from Loyola Press:

                       God Loves Us

                       How Love Works

                       Remember God's Love For You

Audio Meditations from God In All Things (about ten minutes each):

                       Beloved

                       Intimately Created

For a mid-day prayer break, try this Lunch Time Examen from Ignatian Spirituality.  There are six 8-minute sessions in the series (so you could try doing one a week each week of Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday, 2/17).

 

Check out the self-love checklist in this article, and choose at least one thing to treat yourself like the beloved child of God who you are:  Love YOU.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 2/17.  Make a decision about how you want to practice the Lenten disciplines of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving this year.  To get you started, check out this list of 25 Great Things You Can Do For Lent.

SUBMIT AN IDEA FOR A FUTURE PLAYLIST:  Where have you seen love in action?  Have you heard about a story in the news or on social media that shows what love looks like?  Is there a quote, song, or reading that reminds you of what real love is?  Do you have a picture or image to share that shows someone living out love?  Share your ideas HERE!  We'll be including all your ideas in a future playlist.

 

Spend an hour listening to Sister Miriam James Heidland's talk Intimacy With God:  Receiving the Heart of the One Who Loves Us.  (Sr. Miriam has been a keynote speaker at the National Catholic Youth Conference).

A few ideas for Lent from Loyola Press:

Arts and Faith for Lent Visual Prayer Experience:  weekly 3-minute audio/visual reflections that use artwork to explore Lenten stories

Sign up for Living Lent Daily -- you'll receive an email reflection for each day of Lent 2021. 

Best Lent Ever from Dynamic Catholic will send you daily video reflections that take you through Matthew Kelly's book I Heard God Laugh.

 

(You can find more Prayer Playlists for teens HERE.)