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BY Mark Shea

| Posted 2/6/12 at 2:00 AM

 

I am a Gonzaga Grad and currently am in the OPs. I attended your “How to be a campus radical” talk last year, and was at the diocesan seminary at GU. I just wanted to send you a link to give you a glimpse at how things are going at GU, and was wondering how you think students can appropriately react to what is going on.

The best way to respond is with the witness of your life. Live chastely. Talk truly, meaning talk as though chastity is the healthy normal thing it is and not as though the sad culture of hooking up and casual sex is natural. For though that culture may be (in our depraved age) normal, but it is not natural. Be joyful about life, not angry (the besetting sin of us conservative Catholics). That is a powerful counterwitness to our sad, anxious, fearful culture. And learn your faith thoroughly. Not just the sex parts but the whole smack. You will stick out, provoke question, attract attention, and irritate people. Be more attractive than the culture of empty glamor. It is not possible for the Faith to bore.