"Love One Another!" 15/2010 → True Love Waits - Pure Hearts
I would like to tell you how I met God, and how He led me onto the right path.
My parents instilled in me the rules of the Christian faith from a very early age. Every Thursday and Sunday, I dutifully served at Mass as an altar boy. At school I received awards for being an excellent student. Then, in the fifth grade, I got into bad company, and after that I was no longer a well-mannered child or an exemplary student, but a hooligan — a so-called “social outcast.”
When I reached for my first cigarette, I had no idea I would go downhill so quickly. Tobacco soon led to alcohol, glue sniffing, amphetamines, marijuana, acid, ecstasy, magic mushrooms, and so on. To make things worse, there was masturbation. I also had some serious run-ins with the police. In grade ten I was offered the chance to take part in a spiritual
retreat, and I took it. I experienced a great act of grace from God. I felt the real, living presence of Jesus. That meeting changed my heart. Above all, Jesus freed me from my addiction to drugs. On returning home, I made a clean break with my old company.
At the next retreat, God took away my addiction to cigarettes, and then my addiction to masturbation. Thanks to Him, my life has turned around 180 degrees, and I am ecstatic about it. What makes me happiest is that God has once again made me His knight, who can serve Him at Holy Mass, only now not as His altar boy, but as His guitarist. Praise God!