Buckeye Back Road Tour: We stopped in Columbus where we learned about Saint Paul’s Outreach. This is a group of Catholic college students who are living in community and trying to evangelize on Ohio State campus, and beyond. Saint Paul’s views itself as “set apart.” And it is. We got there on Friday and asked what they were doing that evening. The students said they would be holding Eucharistic adoration, a prayer service and then watching the movie The Passion of Christ. Not exactly, oh, what all the other OSU students were doing that Friday night. Brendan O’Rourke told me the Saint Paul’s Outreach students were supporting each other in living a “universal call to holiness.” He said for instance, that his community members (in line with Catholic Church teaching) don’t believe in pre-marital sex. To that end, the guys “interact properly with the sisters,” said O’Rourke. This means no co-ed living situations, girls and guys out of the respective houses by 9 p.m., and a general ethos of respect toward one another. Conversely some of the dorms are co-ed at OSU, it wouldn’t take Freud to figure there’s probably a good deal of sleeping around, and many on the campus dress as, well, sex objects. Continuing with this, O’Rourke said that it is his take that society is continually bombarding people with sexual imagery (immodest dress, sexually explicit media forms…) at this point. And with the constant stimulus, it creates a tremendous urge to act out sexually. Meanwhile, the St. Paul’s guys played board games with our kids Saturday night. How tremendously refreshing… I also talked with St. Paul’s Brian Fischer. He said St. Paul’s Outreach is experiencing a growth spurt, with other chapters starting up around the country. Fischer said long term projections (based on God’s timing, of course) are to have St. Paul’s Outreach headquarters in as many states as possible, with satellites then forming at colleges around the state. For more on the program, see: www.spoweb.org. Note: The day before we arrived at OSU, Hillary Clinton gave a talk at OSU’s French Field House. One of her college platform topics she addressed was rising interest on college loans. Given the chance, I would have talked — at length — about these St. Paul’s Outreach students.