Guest Blogger: Paul Francisco ’15, Publicity Coordinator
Nothing in this world is supposed to be easy. There is so much morally that we struggle to do right by in college. We put a higher priority on the “smaller” things in life. Our relationships with the opposite sex, the partying, our schoolwork, and our friendships are put above what is essential to our soul. I am not going to say that I am innocent of all this to make it seem like I am scolding you if you do them. I am right there with you. I am not in a perfect Catholic relationship, my girlfriend is a Episcopalian for Pete’s sake, I overdo the partying sometimes, I don’t work to the best of my ability in school when I really should, and I don’t treat my friends like they should since they are like family.
I don’t have everything figured out. I struggle to follow my own words some of the time. It is genuinely difficult. But what I have said is what I try my very best to do. I don’t always do the brightest of things. I don’t always do the most morally right of things. But something that I always do is come back to where my roots are. I never forget where I come from. I never forget for whom I live my life. When times get hard I remember one thing, the passage from Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and he will make your paths straight.”
Living a moral and virtuous life is the kind of life that we are called to. There are 3 big qualities that are inside a person that lives in Christ. One is that we are Authentic. We do not hide our faith, but we also do not flaunt it around like it is a new toy. We have to find the balance between the two. Second is that we have Courage. We have the Courage to stand up for what we believe in. We don’t just say anything because it is the unfavored opinion. We have the courage to be who we are. We stand up for the little guy by standing up for the Big Guy (Jesus). Last, but not least, is that we have Joy. Apparently, and I have got this from a bunch of people, I am a joyful person, but I highly doubt that. We are called to be joyful; we see the light in the darkness. We see the sliver of happiness in the saddest of times. No matter what happens we try our best to be a happy person because we know what God has in plan for us, eternal happiness.
Play Hard. Pray Harder. Paul Francisco