In today's society, we are surrounded by sin. Sin in television. Sin in music. Sin in relationships. Sin in everyday actions. It's literally everywhere! Being a Catholic and trying to avoid sins and temptations whenever possible has never been harder, in my opinion. So how do you do it?
First, know your stuff. Don't be an ignorant Catholic. People will walk all over you and you'll find it really easy to lose your faith. I suggest getting a Catechism. If you're a young adult, perhaps a good starter would be the YouCat. It's an easily comprehensible, shortened version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It has a lot of great information about what is relevant to us at this age, such as relationships, what we believe, drugs, and how to live a Catholic life. If you have a real Catechism, this is still a great investment. In the book, it has references to where in the real Catechism you can find what it's talking about. It's really a great thing to have on you at all times. I can't tell you how often I have referred to my YouCat when people challenge me on the things that I, as a Catholic, believe. There is an online version of the Catechism HERE.
Second, you have to pray. I know this sounds cliche, but trust me, if you pray about it, God will give you the strength to live a holy life, even in the midst of all this evilness. A great verse is Philippians 4:13:
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
I just love that verse. It always gives me inspiration to go out and live the Christian way, knowing that God will give me the strength to do so.
If you're struggling with sin, I recommend you go to Confession (I know, we all hate it, but it feels great afterward!) and then Adoration, and talk to Christ face-to-face about what you're going through. It really helps!
Third, look for friends that are good influences. If you have someone to talk to about what is going on and someone who can help you through the muck, you're at a great advantage. Sometimes, you just know when someone is Catholic or Christian, by how the act, dress, even talk. But sometimes you can find even a devout Catholic in the weirdest of places. Look for a good friend who you can share these times with, and everything will be a lot easier!
Remember, Jesus knew that we would be hated for loving Him. In the book of John, Jesus says,
"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first."
This is so true. But this is the cross we must bear. Be strong!
"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong."
- 1 Corinthians 16:13
A wise verse from the book of Isaiah:
"... If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all."