CAMPUS PADRE Offers food for thought
A person must truly understand what it means to have been created by God, in the image and likeness of God from which our dignity, meaning and purpose rises; if they are to speak God’s love through action. As Jesus says, “your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."
The Gospel of Christ reminds us that it is essential for the Christian disciple both to be seen and heard. The Christian who lives so far removed from the world that they are unaware and unconcerned about the salvation of others is as useless as a hidden lamp or buried treasure. Neither should we be so immersed in the world, that we become indistinguishable from the secular. We cannot stay on the sidelines as mere spectators, because the Christian who lives on the fringes of society makes no impact on it. The children of God are essential to the health and wellbeing of the world.
In 2010 the Mental Health Foundation of the United Kingdom, found that 18 to 34-year-olds surveyed were more likely to feel lonely often, to worry about feeling alone and to feel depressed because of loneliness than the over-55s. That loneliness is linked to increased stress, depression, paranoia, anxiety, addiction, cognitive decline and is a known factor in suicide. Loneliness is also one of the most common reasons given for the use of pornography by men and women. Human beings are by design, social / communal creatures who cannot thrive and reach their full potential without healthy, meaningful, consistent and dependable ‘social / familial networks’. Such fellowships are fundamental to our wellbeing," says Nicky Forsythe, a psychotherapist and the founder of Talk for Health. He added that "the most important thing is to have a regular time and place to reflect on your life and to have an empathic listener."
If we are to be ‘salt and light’, we must be nourished by all the God offers. We must eat and drink fully of God’s love, mercy, grace and power, so that we can help others come to know that they are not random molecular organisms in a vast cold universe, and to believe the words ‘You are loved’ as you are and God will love you into a better you.
As we live the Beatific Life, we can be ‘salt and light’ that permeates the world and which through God’s love and mercy, emanates from us into others slowing the social and moral decay, renewing faith, hope and love.
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CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.