A new reader of my blog, Punk to Monk, has started his own, “reflections on the transition from raucous musician to religious monastic.” Like many young adults, he tells of his wondering away from the faith of his youth, and how God somehow weaseled himself back into his ‘punk’s’ heart. He explains:
“From punk to monk–that is my story. I was baptized and brought up Catholic but wasn’t really all about practicing it. My mother, raising me and my brother on her own, made us go to Church and receive our Sacraments. Because of my lukewarmness toward my faith, I of course fell away when I left for college on the other side of the country.That’s where I discovered sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Got me a girlfriend. Got me into alcohol and other illegal substances. And, found I could play a pretty mean guitar.”
His story is an uplifting one of youthful angst meeting sober reality of coming of age, and the longing for something more than he was finding. You can read it in full here.
Let us remember to keep this young man, and others, in our prayers as they discern a life of self-giving through the consecrated life:
Lord God, grant to Your people health of soul and body. Through the intercession of Mary Most Holy, may we grow in Your likeness and increase in the humility that marked her life.
Convinced of Your greatness and our lowliness, we ask for many vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. May You be praised in the raising up of these new servants for Your Kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.