Two weeks ago I finally wrapped up four years of Catholic High School at a local Marianist high school. I cannot express in words how grateful I am to God and His plan for me. I had a 180 degree turn in academics, athletics, and most of all, faith over the four years.
But in the past few months of school and the first month of summer, I have really noticed a growing trend in a lot of guys my age. They seem to be selling out.
The graduation parties overwhelm their lives, the beer and vodka take precedence over a lot of their other priorities, and getting with the hottest and most generous of girls has all of a sudden become the norm. It is not that I was oblivious to this throughout high school, but for some reason any outsider to this culture can agree that more and more guys seem to be selling out to this mentality. It is such a shame to see this begin to happen at such a momentous turning point in our lives.
Looking back, I think I have done a good job at balancing my faith life with hanging out with other guys my age who have fallen victim to this mentality. I have been truly blessed with friends who some take their faith seriously, and others not so much, but all live fairly moral lives. I thank God for that. But lately you can tell both types of guys are being pulled into this crazy world that our media is portraying, a world of lies and disarray of the truth. And I am here to tell you, we will not give in.
Jesus Christ calls men to serve His church, not “the boys.” He calls us to be an instrument of faith to all people, not just the righteous. Though it seems I just ripped apart some of what’s going on for a lot of young guys, be a symbol of morality for those who have fallen victim and sold out. We, you, and me, are the men Jesus has called.
Stand strong with Christ!
Contributed by one of our Marianist high school graduates.