Uncle Eddy's E-mail -- June 12
Saint John of Sahagun, (in northern Spain)
(entered heaven in 1479)
Your last note distressed me. Not because of the
degenerate moral climate at your university, which you described so vividly, but because of your
reaction to it. Before you decide to transfer, I would encourage you to reflect deeply and pray a
lot (I hope your three summer jobs don’t crowd out time for reflection and prayer). As you do,
consider well our Lord’s precept “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) It
has many applications, you know. For instance: you decided to go to college to receive an education,
but have you been giving anything back (besides your money, of course)? You yourself admit that
although the moral and ideological atmosphere on campus is positively putrid, extraordinary
opportunities and excellent resources abound. I would argue that God is giving you these
opportunities and resources in order to grant your longtime wish to get a top-notch education, but
he is hoping that you (with the vibrant faith and solid values that he has given you) will in turn
spark a moral renaissance among your needy peers; instead of running away by transferring, maybe (I
say maybe because I mean maybe) he is asking you to take up arms and reclaim that university for the
cause of truth, goodness, and beauty, the tricolor banner of any college worthy of the name.
Think about it. But don´t just think about it. Look at the examples of those who have
gone before you. Take today’s saint, for example.
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