College was a strange time for me. I met a lot of people from a lot of different backgrounds. Some of the people I met made me a better person by bringing out the best in me. Some did the opposite. When I was with one group, my whole day seemed brighter. When I was with the other, I usually left in need of a shower and a good Confession. By the grace of God, the people who led me astray on a regular basis are no longer in my life. Otherwise, I would probably not be where I am today.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit a friend. I had not had such an opportunity in about a year and a half. It was a beautiful day for a drive. I stayed a little longer than I had intended. There was a heavy sense of peace on the drive home. I slept well last night, and I woke up happy this morning. It is safe to say, this friend is one of the good ones.
Today is the feast of St. John Bosco. In his work with boys, he made a really great observation about friendship:
Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake. If you keep good companions, I can assure you that you will one day rejoice with the blessed in Heaven; whereas if you keep with those who are bad, you will become bad yourself, and you will be in danger of losing your soul.