As you’re probably aware of by now, I’m a Catholic. It’s not just a fitting-in sort of label for me, like a 3rd generation 20% Irish-person around St. Patrick’s Day. (Yeah, I said that.) My being a Catholic is part of who I am, how I define myself, how I hope to portray myself. I strive for it to affect literally every part of my life – the fact that I fail constantly is irrelevant here. As I try to live out my faith and my identity as a Catholic, I am always on the lookout for that community of Catholics to share my life with – friends who share our faith, values and priorities. I want to know I’m not alone in my challenge, and I can be there to support and lift up others who are trying to navigate the narrow road. Having a community of Catholic men, women and families around us has been a humongous blessing & help to myself and my wife – and of course it is!
We all know how important friends are to teenagers. This is the time of life when teens are beginning to break from their family. They like to believe they are independent, but they are so, so far from real independence from family and parents. (see part 1 for how important adults are) A huge part of this break is the friends teens have. Teens quite often list friends as more important than family. This may or may not be the case – and that doesn’t really matter for this discussion – the apparent truth of it matters.