However, that picture was then shattered this afternoon - okay... I'm being dramatic. It wasn't shattered but it did take a heavy blow. At dismissal the boys were talking to me about the dance that a local Catholic, not school, organization has for them monthly. They said, "What if Sister came?" "I wouldn't go." I acted very offended (I wasn't; I just know they think it's funny when I act like that because they giggle and giggle) and asked why they would ever not want me around. After all, I'm the best Sister they have (and the only one!).
I was so sad when they really told me why they wouldn't want me there - because of the way they "dance." Yes, I know it has a name but I'm not going to even repeat it here. I guess maybe they thought I wouldn't know it, but I'm in my twenties so I know everything they are talking about. It just broke my heart to hear that they think that is okay to do. They don't understand even a little bit how terrible it is.
So here is my dilemma... the world is taking over our children. I don't feel like we can compete... other than by our faith in Jesus that He will be present to them. But we have to be doing something wrong. Or there has to be something more that we can be doing? I don't know what it is though. A few ideas for the moment are; modelling, sacrifice and penance, and intentional prayer for them. We really are in a battle for the future of our world and for the salvation of souls. It is increasingly difficult to form a good conscience everyday. Everyday there is a new assault on things good and beautiful and right. Whether it comes from the TV, the parents, the friends, or the neighborhoods... or all of them, our kids are being sucked in without a chance to a way of living that will never give them the true peace and joy that comes with a life of love.
I know one conversation doesn't mean the world is over... but one conversation can be very telling - and this one was. Pray with me that God calls up new leaders and new models for our young people and that they respond wholeheartedly to His call to live and love in faith.