Catholic Courier

Posted: February 1, 2010

Last Updated: January 14, 2014

Into the Fire

 

 

 

 

Nora Bradbury-Haehl, youth minister at St. Paul's Church, Webster, and former program specialist for youth and young-adult ministry of the Diocese of Rochester, shares some of the insights and inspiration she has gained from working with youth groups.

March 12, 2010
Friday faves: Your favorite Lenten food

No Friday-night cheeseburgers or pepperoni pizza for a few more weeks yet, so in these days of Lenten fasting and abstinence I was wondering about your no-meat Friday faves.

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March 11, 2010
Four ways to deal with disappointment

You didn’t make the team ... it turns out she doesn’t like you back ... yeah, that part in the play you wanted so bad? You didn’t get it. Disappointment takes many different forms; some of them are just irritating, and others seriously devastating. Whether it’s a bad grade or a friend who stabs you in the back, learning to deal with the letdowns of life without becoming permanently bitter or angry is an important life skill.

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February 19, 2010
Friday faves

Fridays here at "Into the Fire" are for favorites. I’ll share mine -- what they are and why they get that special "faves" status -- and I’m hoping you’ll share yours as well. We’ll talk about food, music, art, books, causes, animals, Bible stories and clothes, among other things. (That’s two months of Fridays right there, this may take awhile!)

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January 29, 2010
What's in a name?

Into the fire: Being a teenager is a lot like that old saying "out of the frying pan, into the fire," constantly going from one tough situation into an even trickier one. The pressures of school, parents, boyfriends and girlfriends, meeting other people’s expectations, and figuring out what it is you want yourself could put anyone on overload, which brings me to the other meaning of "Into the Fire." It’s easy to get discouraged, we’ve all met people who’ve given up or just become so cynical that they’re hard to even be around. But as Christians we’re called to be people of hope, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to be with us, to give us strength and courage and to remind us of God’s love for us. As disciples we willingly walk into the fire, the fire of God’s love, and choose to live in the presence of God. What’s the biggest challenge for you as a young person trying to live as a disciple? Let us know where you find strength, peace or hope.

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January 29, 2010
A glimpse into the young church

I spend a lot of my time with a group of people who are very committed to their faith. They challenge me to live what I say I believe; to be an authentic person, not somebody who preaches one thing and then lives an entirely different set of values. These people are constantly growing in their faith, discovering new things about Scripture and what it means to live as a Christian in an ever-changing world.

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