I am a freshman at a Catholic high school. Some, if not most, of my classmates use innuendoes, talk about crass things, and use foul language on a daily basis for even the most mundane of sentences. On top of that, it seems as if no one really cares or believes in the Catholic Church and God. No one but the choir sings at Mass, and classmates ridicule the Church’s stance on ‘marriage’ as they’re being dismissed. It seems that wherever I hear anything, whether it’s the Seniors behind me in Health or the girl above me at my locker, someone is talking about sex, ridiculing the Faith, or cursing.
I am no better than any of my classmates. I do not presume anything, because I still have a beam in my eye. I am often tempted to do or say some of these things as well.
But it makes me very very sad because I am afraid that many of these people will grow up to leave the Church or maybe reject God althogether and not go to Heaven. Whenever I hear a foul phrase or word I make the sign of the Cross and say a quick prayer in my head for whoever is saying this, but I do not know how to bring the Word of God to children in a Catholic school, who already have religon classes and such and may find me dull or repetitive and not listen to me. In addition, I feel I may become Proud. Is it a sin to say these things?
Thanks to all who reply.