I was delighted to see a post on Facebook this week that portrayed a young man who guarded his heart via the Door of the Breath in a sensational way. A quarterback on his high school football team, he choose not to ask the lead cheerleader or some other high school popularity queen to be his prom date. Instead, he kept a promise that he had made in fourth grade. Ben invited a young lady with Down syndrome to whom he had been a gentle friend and guardian angel.
She doesn’t even go to his school anymore. She was planning to go to the prom with girlfriends. But Ben remembered his promise and was happy to keep it, saying that it was the right thing to do.
Ben has a virtuous heart. He deeply respects Mary. And he set aside the common goal of choosing someone for whom he had romantic intentions or who “matched” his position at school to escort his dear friend to a milestone occasion in her life. From the interviews, it looks like he didn’t even think twice about it.
How many young men do you know like this? What would the world be like if we all returned to such standards of honor? Look into this guy’s eyes. Does he look like he’s doing this out of obligation? Not a trace.
Just read the story and look at the pictures. This is the kind of son we want to raise. This is the kind of man we want our daughters to marry. This is the kind of man a women wants to be married to.
People wrongly associate purity with simple sexual self-control. But I look at the pictures of Ben and Mary, and there’s no doubt about what purity REALLY is. See it? It’s in these young people’s eyes, and it comes from their hearts. What a treasure. I’m delighted to feature this story and these two special people in my blog today.
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