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Friday, October 5, 2012

Keeping Your Faith in College

October 1, 2012

R.R. Reno

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When we go off to college, we’re not yet adults but no longer children, and we’re often on our own for the first time. No more bells ringing between classes, the everyday routines of high school are behind us. Our parents aren’t around to wake us up in the morning—or to set a curfew. For the most part we’re responsible for and to ourselves.

R.R. Reno Therein lies opportunity and peril. College is a time when we can take full, adult possession of our faith, and it’s also a time when it can slip away, either because of neglect, or intellectual challenges we’re unprepared to meet, or because we find ourselves swept up into the comfortable hedonism that tends to dominate the undergraduate culture of most American colleges.

What to do?

The most important piece of advice I can give: don’t put your spiritual life on hold! During your first semester of college there are many new people to meet, as well as new experiences to have, and fascinating ideas to entertain. That’s as it should be. But it’s easy to get swept up into all this and say, “I don’t have time, but I’ll get back to my faith someday.” (...)

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