“Some of you may be tempted to take flight from responsibility: in the fantasy worlds of alcohol and drugs, in shortlived sexual relationships without commitment to marriage and family, in indifference, in cynicism and even in violence. Put yourselves on guard against the fraud of a world that wants to exploit or misdirect your energetic and powerful search for happiness and meaning. But do not avoid the search for the true answers to the questions that confront you. Do not be afraid!” – John Paul II, January 1, 1985 for the World Day of Peace
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Questions for Your Journal
- Why is their pressure to party? Have I ever drank or done drugs with my friends? If so, why did I do it?
- What is the fantasy of drugs, alcohol, and hooking up? What is the reality?
- Am I afraid of being different? What do I need from God so that I can stand strong?