I think the Bible has some good advice for students going off to college this fall.

First of all, when Jesus sent his apostles out he said “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves . . .”  (Matthew 10:16)  I think those words apply to kids going off to college these days.  Your faith will be challenged.  It’s going to be very important that you know what you believe and why.  In that regard, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is an excellent reference.  In the CCC you can easily look up any topic and see the official Catholic position on it as well as the reasons for the position.

Psalm 1:1 tells us not to walk in the counsel of the wicked, not to imitate sinners, and not to hang around with scoffers.   Bad people give bad advice.  Beware of people who scoff at your faith.  Listen to the word of God and you’ll be blessed.

Don’t believe everything you hear.  2 Thessalonians 4:21 says to test everything and hold fast what is good.  See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.  (Colossians 2:8)  Don’t be led away by diverse and strange teachings.  (Hebrews 13:9)

Continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from your hope in the gospel you’ve heard. (Colossians 1:23)  Stand firm and hold to the traditions you’ve been taught.  (Galatians 5:1, Philippians 4:1, 2 Thessalonians 2:15)




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