On Thursday, October 3, St. Thomas Aquinas hosted author and speaker, Matt Fradd. With his Australian accent and self-deprecating charm, Mr. Fradd stood in an auditorium of adolescents and tackled some big questions: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Does God exist?
Everyone seeks answers to these questions at some point in their lives. Teenagers- with their minds always whirring with curiosity- may arguably spend the most time on questions such as these as they continually role play with different versions of themselves. In many ways, the adolescent years are a perpetual turnstile whereby young adults travel on spontaneous journeys all in pursuit away from childhood and toward the “Promised Land” of adulthood. The road may be paved with good intentions but it can also include false starts and winding turns.
With energy, humor and down-to-earth realism, Mr. Fradd shared his journey from agnostic apathy to his profound love for Jesus Christ. In a day and age where children are bombarded with traditional peer pressure but also non-traditional burdens of anxiety, social media, and cell phone distraction, Mr. Fradd reminded them that their greatest source of contentment is in having a relationship with God. We are blessed at St. Thomas Aquinas High School to be able to remind our students of this and to remind them often.