08 September 2012


There is a terrible vacuum at Vanderbilt.  The university is a wasteland when it comes to giving any sort of plan for living a good life.  Looking at the campus crime report from last weekend, one sees intoxication, mixed with throwing up and passing out, over and over again until one reaches the final entry of rape.

If you want a more visual experience, go drive around Greek row tonight -- or better early tomorrow morning.  Look not only at the mobs of drunken people but also in the shadows at the ones crying or trying to make themselves throw up.  What are they looking for so desperately?

Is this desperation what Vanderbilt wants for its students?  The truth is that Vanderbilt has nothing to offer it students to give any meaning to the grind that they put themselves through to be here.

The sealed vacuum of Vanderbilt must be punctured; it must "be opened," as Jesus commands in the Gospel for this weekend.  When we are opened, we see that He "does all things well."  All aspects of our lives are enriched by Him.

But it is not easy to break out of secularism's vacuum of value, meaning and purpose.  We are made for more.  We need to be opened to the transcendence of Jesus Christ, imminent in all things.


Anonymous said...

More is even at stake than the happiness
and sense of purpose for individual students.
A civilized society cannot continue for
long with a view of human sexuality that is
the same as that of an adolescent boy. It
cannot continue for long if a mother can
think of her child as a thing to be disposed
of prior to birth or any other time.

St. Paul's teaching that a woman should be
submissive to her husband seemed awful until I realized what depth of love God
calls a husband to. Paul said that a man
was to love his wife as Christ loved the
Church. What did Christ do? He offered
everything that was in Him, shed every
drop of blood, suffered total annihilation
as an offering to the Father for love of
His bride, the Church.

Jesus used as an example for His love for
His people that of a mother hen seeking
to gather her children together beneath
her wings. In the Old Testament we are
told that should a mother forget her child,
God will not forget us. A mother forgetting her child was seen as extreme.
Not any more.

For all of us to enjoy true freedom and
justice, the best and the brightest must
also seek holiness of life and this only
fully springs from love of God and a
desire to do His will. And this is in
turn only fully possible in union with
Jesus who is Truth and Love.

Little Flower said...

I was a graduate student at Vanderbilt. During that time I was also a Head Resident for an undergraduate co-ed dorm housing mostly sophomores. I encountered a suicide attempt, spent evenings in the ER with students so drunk one put his hand through glass, one had alcohol poisoning. The girls, in particular, were freaking out going through rush. Some students were selling drugs. Many were using. And there was a pregnancy. Like I said, I was a grad student. I could not have withstood the social pressures of being an undergraduate at Vanderbilt. There was too much focus on money. And if a student couldn't find a fit within a wealthy group, he/she would find alternative, secular, New Age companions. I also encountered some very lonely people.