“I am Wonderful Light and Powerful Salt” Middle School Online Retreat


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This retreat responds to the following pastoral question: 

How can the students proactively increase the resilience of themselves and their community so all can thrive and shine their “lights” brightly? 


Participants will be invited to:

  • Explore what it means to see myself and others as wonderful and powerful (not perfect)
  • Listen, reflect, share, create, encourage, sing, play, pray and step up to challenges
  • Create ‘salt of the earth’ and ‘light for the world’ mementos


The input and activities weave wisdom found in:

  • Matthew 5:1-14 and Catholic theological anthropology, ie Human Dignity, Common Good
  • Evidence-based strategies for wellbeing from neuroscience, social and psychological sciences
  • Insights from your community’s story and the stories of Jesus


How will this work?  

You will receive the link to your password-protected dedicated website and your unique username and password via email.

You will then be able to access every resource at that website for a year from the date of purchase.

You will enjoy email support for that year.

There is a 30-day money-back guarantee, no questions asked.

The retreat creative craft prayer experience requires materials which you can purchase here.  I highly recommend you take me up on this service as it saves you time and money and the hassle of sourcing good quality materials and working out quantities needed.



Scripture:  Matthew 5:1-14  The Beatitudes

5 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.  10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.