Who is Jesus Christ? Why should I care about Him or the Catholic Church? Aren't the only ones at these events people with nothing better to do anyway?
Like many of you, I asked these questions when I went to college. When I went to the first Mass on campus, I was greeted by friendly faces who were eager to invite me to join this or that ministry, to go on retreat, to share a meal. As nice and earnest as they all were, weren't the guys and gals at the party on Friday night offering me similar opportunities with much less guilt attached? Couldn't I happily co-exist in both worlds without fully committing?
With everything that has transpired in the Church these past few weeks -- from the allegations levied against Cardinal McCarrick to the horrifying Pennsylvania grand jury report -- maybe you are questioning whether you should even stay in the Church at all. I don't blame you.
You have a decision to make: How are you going to define your life and your relationship with Christ and His Church? It's a difficult decision and I'm obviously not an objective bystander. I do know, however, each one of you is made for something more, something greater, something eternal, something world-changing. I also know, no matter the decisions you make, I and a growing number of your Hoosier Catholic brothers and sisters will be here for you, ready, willing, and able to walk with you, to listen, to love you.
In a time of chaos and crisis in our world and even in our Church, more and more Hoosier Catholics are making the choice for Christ, for His Church, for more. I pray and hope each of you will join them.
Fr. Patrick is a Dominican priest and the Campus Minister.