Here’s a twist to the old adage, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” That may be, but not when we’re talking about ingesting hand sanitizer. That’s what some teens in the Los Angeles area have done, and doctors fear this may become a dangerous trend among our nation’s youth. You can read the article for yourself at the link below.

This reminds me of something I heard in a homily some years back about the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well meeting our Lord (cf Jn 4:1-42). Jesus has a conversation with her and discloses her wayward lifestyle.  He then only those who come to him will receive the water of eternal life and will never thirst again. In his homily, the priest explained that the woman’s promiscuity was a result of a deep, inner yearning that could only be fulfilled by our Lord. What she was really searching for, yearning for, trying to obtain for herself, was Jesus Christ.

I think this also is true of anyone obsessed by thrill seeking, and in particular I’m referring to young people who do outrageous things like distilling, ingesting, and getting drunk on hand sanitizer. They’re desperately searching for , yearning for, that which they can never obtain in a high – Jesus Christ. What’s even more sad is that they have no clue that that’s what they really need. Still worse, they have no clue that He’s waiting for them in the nearest tabernacle!

I share this with you in order to warn parents and anyone who deals with young people of this disturbing news, but also to urge you to pray for our nation’s youth, so many of whom are searching desperately for our Lord and cannot find Him.,0,7136941.story

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