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Page 8 November Z0, 1999 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC REAL STUFF Or How I Learned How to Stop Worrying and Ask WWJD In High School By Patrick Lorenz The southern rock band Third Day hasn't wasted any TIME coming out with their third album. YOU! Magazine spoke with Tai Anderson, the group's bassist. In the course of our discussion, he spontaneously offered a great challenge to all the teens within our high schools, in everything that they do. "th the album's title bein 'qFime " ou sa r of that means bein bol an n out improve in this area? TA: I can think of one of the biggest ways, as I think back to my own high school days. It's very easy to make our own Christian clubs and segregate our- selves by denominations. This is great. We need to encourage ourselves and have youth groups. But in light of the high school shootings and stuff like that, I think one way that Christians could really be bold is instead of being the ones who are complaining about the kids who are outcasts, the Christians need to be the ones that are reaching out to them and being their friends. I think that's the model that Christ t ve us: being a friend to use who the rest of soci- ety would say aren't worthy of having friends. PL: With your own faith in high school, have you felt persecuted as a Christian? TA: The song, "Never Bow D-own" addresses the issue of people around the world losing their jobs, their fami- lies and their lives because they're Christians-because they stand tall for their beliefs. Sometimes we feel sorry for ourselves because we get teased a little bit; we need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and realize that it's cake, here in Amer- ica. We have it so easy. We're allowed to worship, and we're allowed to join By Nicole Myshak Jm~m~ANSFORMING TRUTHS hat does Mary,s I. virginity have to do with the Jui)iree? As we get ready for the Jubilee, Mary is:THE person to model our- seiV s after. Mary was a virgin, and she was pure. Purity goes beyond being physically chaste and saving sexual activity for marriage. Purity means that our hearts, minds and wills are consumed with the things of God. To love God and others, like Mary, we have to be pure too. When she appeared at Fatima, Mary revealed that "more souls go to hell for sins of the flesh than for any other rea- son." TO have.a pure heart we must: Realize that "the culture of death ..................... heart. Oneof its strategies is deliberately to create doubt about the value of the.., virtue of chastit 0ohn Paul I!). When tempted, ask Jesus for help. Although humiliating, confess sins of impurity, as soon as you fall into them. Know that purity is HOLY; people have died for it. Don't be embar- rassed if you are innocent and naive about sexual things. it is time to greet Mary's child anew this Jubilee and to enter into a deep- er relationship with God by follow- ing her example of purity. All quotes of John Paul I! were excerpts from L'Osservatore Romano, English edi- tion, June 23, 1999. together, and we're allowed to say publicly that we're Christians with- out being murdered. It's something where we need to appreciate what we have here, and pray for the peo- ple around the world who don't have it as easy as we do. PL___A: With the cominl new millen- nium and the lubilee year, do you. see that as somethinl to be con- cerned about or as a'hopeful TA: It's everything! There are a lot o xpectations, but there is also a lot ot trepidation. Our drummer was saying, "If nothing else, it's just going to be kind of weird." The challenge we're giving ourselves and to other people in our concerts is to really take advantage. Don't be so focused on what's going to happen on January 1 that you for- get to serve the Lord for the three or four months before that. By Tammy Evevard Dear Youth Beat: "like the guy l'm going out with, but am afraid that seeing him will cause . me to go against my values. My friends think | should still go out with him, but I don't want to abandon my values. Should I still go out with him, or break it off?. -Confused Dear Confused: No matter WHAT "other people" tell you to do, you must always do what is going to be the BEST for you! Sometimes the thing that is best by: for us is not the easiest thing to do! My very best friend in high school was really into the party scene. I decided that I really wanted to do the right thing and change that part of my life, to do what God would want. ! had to change how much time 1 spent with her...that was not easy, she was my BEST friend...but for me to do the right thing for ME, I had to let that go. So my advice to you is...follow your heart. You sound like you know what is right,..and you probably better go there. Power to you and grace to live it!