Samara O'Shea

Resisting Temptation

Aside from a little temptation the first week of Lent, I am pleased to say I haven’t felt an overwhelming desire to log on to Facebook. Until, that is, last weekend. My friend Bruce and I were having brunch and he told me that a mutual acquaintance of ours posted a story on FB about how he had remained celibate through his twenties. I have no idea if he’s boasting that he was celibate or ashamed. I know nothing of the context. In either case, why make a public proclamation?

Bruce defriended this person a while ago and he heard about the post through the grapevine. I am still friends (on FB) with this person, so I technically had access to the post. Alas, I resisted temptation. Perhaps the celibate confession will still be there when I return. Perhaps it won’t. When I told my cousin Kate about it, she said, “I really think Jesus would understand if you went in and read it.” Still, I stayed away. Twenty-four days to go.