I think I responded yes before I finished reading the invitation to write for virtuospla.net. In hindsight prudence would say I probably should have taken some time to prayerfully discern my involvement or obtained advice from a spiritual mentor. The truth is I’ve been waiting for something like this for six years…
Let me explain.
In my finest college days, Catholicism was a term I lived loosely; my identity was first and foremost a college student, and much further down the list possibly a weekend Catholic. To make matters worse I had an inability to relate to other “Catholic” students on campus, at least the practicing ones.
When I began questioning my faith it was more important than ever for me to find other Catholics living the faith who could assure me in my quest to re-discover Catholicism, but I simply couldn’t. I surely could have found plenty of apologetics resources or arguments for the existence of God but that’s not what I wanted, that wasn’t enough. I needed someone I could relate to and trust show me God exists. As backwards as this denial of logical reasoning is, I think most young adults find that much of their own reasoning is not only based on their own subjective experience, but also the subjective experience of others. Fact and truth has been replaced by advice and feeling.
Which brings me to my point, the beauty of virtuospla.net.
As I’ve heard it said, truths are good, living truths are better. There is a saint for every person, profession, vocation and country, and for all the variety of young adults out there there is a young adult living the faith from a similar background.
Thats why I’m so happy to be a part of this initiative. Looking through the contributers’ bios, you can see the great differences and life experiences each writer faces, yet the communion of our Catholic faith continues to bring us together. These are young adults who are really living the faith.
The truth is young adult Catholics don’t need watered down teaching. They don’t need laser light shows after communion accompanied by Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer”. Young adult Catholics need peers they can relate to, living the Gospel authentically and sharing the truth, goodness, and beauty they find there.
My hope is that through sharing my own experiences, failings and findings other young adults may benefit. I’m sure I will learn a thing or two about myself in the process.