It’s a little odd when I mention church stuff around people my age. They’ll look at me like if I was talking nonsense. Around this age is what I like to call the “comfortable life.” The: “I’m going to school or working and I’m enjoying life kind of deal. God is there, but I’m good right now.”
Precisely today I went to church, and Father Rafael [our priest] in his homily mentioned how we sin in three ways. Through our fault, our thoughts, and in what we do. [We say it in the I Confess to You prayer]. Most times we know what’s right and what’s wrong, but we tend to pick out certain things that affect us and then do something about it. But if things around us in society don’t specifically affect us, we don’t really care for it. We only care for our own good. He later mentions that the worst sin done as humans is to know what is right, but to not do what is right. A lot of people tend to avoid church things because they don’t want to get out of their comfortable life.
The typical Friday nights are like studying, dating, clubbing, or drinking…which is not bad. It’s just the “expected” truth that society has made. Not falling in those categories is a bit out of the life we have comfortably made for ourselves. But hey! Jesus was definitely an odd one, I mean who goes around with twelve others proclaiming that He is the son of God. With the help of the Holy Spirit, He came and proclaimed the truth and set an example on how life should be lived.
Know what’s right and do what’s right! So what is one to do on a Friday night when society’s expectations are not fulfilling? First, accept Him in your life and then find friends who want to live like Jesus did. Find other fun things to do. My friends and I, on a typical Friday night consist of playing dominos, drinking coffee, talking about our blog, and about how church group is doing. I have been blessed to have found a wonderful group of friends that have the same goal in life, which is to live authentically like Jesus did, because our happiness is in Him. I can’t thank my friends enough for keeping me on check, and for being there when I most need it. Trust me, most people well look at you with disappointment, thinking “oh what are they doing wasting their time to live life.” They’re probably even unsure if you’re still human. The thought of living a good holy life is very uncommon for most people our age.
I hope and pray that they will also realize just how wonderful and how much better life is when you have something real to live for. I hope my life will reflect truth and I’m living for what life is really meant to be lived for!
God sends us friends to be our firm support in the whirlpool of struggle. In the company of friends we will find strength to attain our sublime ideal.
– St. Maximilian Kolbe