Taking Refuge ...

Today more than ever before, one of the things we must deal with in education at St. Francis is the real life situations many of our students face outside the classroom that complicate their desire and ability to learn.

Our world fills their minds with ideas about self-gratification over all else, and our world offers more opportunity for that gratification than ever before.

Here is just one example: Playboy Magazine announced last year that it is moving to a non-nude production. Why?

That battle has been fought and won,” said the company’s chief executive. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”

In other words, the internet provides far more access to this type of self-gratification than ever imagined only a few decades ago. So much so that pornography is no longer fashionable.

While this is an uncomfortable topic to address, it is a real issue that we face on a daily basis. Pornography and the world’s other spiritual cancers are on the rise and we need to provide our students a way to heal from their effect on the soul.

Fortunately, the way to healing is not new or hard to find. It is simply the road not taken by most. But, Saint Ambrose – whose journey is exemplary – gives our students great guidance:

Many a sin has sullied me in body and in soul because I did not restrain my thoughts nor guard my lips: nevertheless it is to Thee, O God of majesty and love, that I turn in my extremity, for Thou art the fount of mercy; to Thee, as quickly as I may, I speed: for Thou alone canst heal me; I take refuge under Thy protection.”

In short, it is taking refuge in God’s protection that we find His merciful healing.

For our students and for our families, it is encouraging to know that despite the rise of spiritual cancer in the world, God is always there and will always heal.