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May 31st, 2015

Congratulations, Graduates.  

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
          I take this occasion to give my own “commencement” address to our parish graduates. (It is interesting, is it not, that we call a graduation “commencement,” that the last lecture graduates hear before leaving school is a commencement address? Yet that is what graduation is about—not ending, not completing; not concluding; but beginning.)  
          Dear graduates, having finished school you are just beginning to learn. You are a graduate, yes. But you should know by now how little you really know. You have lived, what: 18, 22, 25 years of life? You know, therefore, that, God willing, you have only lived 1/5% or 1/4% of your life. Having completed papers, passed tests, and met requirements for a diploma it is time to begin to work—even as the Scriptures said this of Jesus himself (see Lk. 2:52)—on wisdom and age and grace before God and men. If you haven’t already, now is the time to take seriously and begin to work on your sanctity and salvation. Thomas Merton, the greatest American spiritualist of the 20th century, put it this way: “For me to be a saint means to be myself. Therefore the problem of sanctity and salvation is in fact the problem of finding out who I am and of discovering my true self.” 
           Even as I thank God for the many blessings he has bestowed on you in the past and to this point, I urge you to consider his will for you—your vocation in Christ—and continue to be open to him and his grace for this next phase and these next years of life, indeed throughout your life. To that end, I want to offer you a quote from the Closing Message to Youth from our church’s Second Vatican Council. The council said to young people, and I make their words my own to you:

          It is you who receiving the best of the example of the teaching of your parents and your            teachers, are to form the society of tomorrow. You will either save yourselves or you will perish with it….The Church is anxious that this society that you are going to build up should respect the dignity, the liberty, and the rights of individuals. These individuals are you. The Church is particularly anxious that this society should allow free expansion to her treasure ever ancient and ever new, namely faith, and that your souls may be able to bask freely in its helpful light. She has confidence that you will find such strength and such joy that you will not be tempted, as were some of your elders, to yield to the seductions of egoistic or hedonistic philosophies or to those of despair and annihilation, and that in the face of atheism, a phenomenon of lassitude and old age, you will know how to affirm your faith in life and what gives meaning to it, that is to say, the certitude of the existence of a just and good God.
It is in the name of this God and of His Son, Jesus, that we exhort you to open your hearts to the dimensions of the world, to heed the appeal of your brothers, to place your youthful energies at their service. Fight against all egoism. Refuse to give free course to the instincts of violence and hatred which beget wars and all their train of miseries. Be generous, pure, respectful, and sincere, and build in enthusiasm a better world than your elders had.

Graduates, congratulations to you, your parents, grandparents, and families.

​                                                                                                           Father Ed

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