“Wait- You can’t be Catholic AND have fun… Can you?”

By Hannah Roselli

It’s a common misconception that you cannot be Catholic and have a good time. Let me tell you, I have been living my best Catholic girl life since 1997, and not once has my religion gotten in the way of me having a good time and making memories with those that I love. Let’s talk, I promise to keep it short, sweet and to the point.

I get it, our society pushes on us that we have to go out and be promiscuous, get belligerently drunk until we black out, do all kinds of drugs and partake in lots of activities that simply are not good for us in body, mind or spirit; but let me tell you, there are so many alternatives to the temptations that this world presents to us.

Growing up, I was always taught that I didn’t have to go crazy to have a good time. From a young age my parents taught me that the world was going to offer me immoral things and pass them off as “a good time,” and as you probably understand by now, my mom raised me and my siblings to know a good time from a bad time DISGUISED as a good time.

I am going into my senior year of college, and I have seen my fair share of people attending parties every weekend, getting blackout drunk and not really being able to recover and tell me about their weekend. What fun is there in that? Not to mention that debauchery is not too good for the soul. Allow me, brothers and sisters, to give you some great alternatives to the party lifestyle this society so likes to push on us. By partaking in these activities we are doing our bodies a disservice in multiple ways. We are temples of the Holy Spirit, and it is so important to take care of and nurture that temple.

Long week? Decompress at a local orchard or farm, pick some fresh fruit or veggies and take lots of pictures. Make memories that will last you for the rest of your life. Doesn’t that sound better than puking your guts out drunk or waking up with consequences you’ll regret for the rest of your life? Go on hikes, enjoy God’s glorious creation, get lunch with your friends, laugh! There’s nothing wrong with going out and getting drinks or going dancing, but to overdo it in a way that so many have and continue to do is not really having fun.

So, remember that it’s okay to say no to that party Saturday night that you KNOW won’t have a good outcome. You’re not a kill-joy, you’re simply knowing what’s good for your soul, and having fun in other ways.

Laugh, be blessed, give love, make memories, and always thank God for another day.