This week, we celebrate our graduates—their experiences, accomplishments and future endeavors as they seek to live in the world in order to sanctify and transform it, making Christ known to all.
By: Bishop Paul S. Loverde
These are excerpts from Bishop Paul S. Loverde’s remarks at Christendom College’s 2015 Commencement on Saturday, May 16.
Each of us is biased, I suppose, but I consider myself the most blessed bishop in the world: the Diocese of Arlington is not only home to one of the fastest-growing Catholic flocks in the United States, but we are home to one of the finest Catholic colleges in our nation!
Christendom is a treasure in so many ways, and so to be granted this honorary degree brings me great joy. But more importantly, the presence of this institution of Catholic education in this diocese has been a source of blessing all these past sixteen years I have been your bishop.
To have a college that so intentionally pursues truth, beauty, and goodness, that promotes a life of prayer, and that cherishes the teaching of the Magisterium, is a gift too uncommon in our day. I share the pride you all experience in Christendom’s continuing growth and in looking out upon the largest-ever graduating class!
Some of you will undoubtedly go forth from here to pursue that specific calling which God intends for you, whether that be marriage and family, or the priesthood or the consecrated religious life, or the single life lived in a celibate commitment to God for some particular apostolic work. Others of you, before embracing one of these more fundamental calls, will pursue further studies or will advance in various careers. Whatever the final calling you embrace, you will be seeking to bring Christ to others: to evangelize!
Dear graduates, as I accept the honor of this degree today, I repeat that the most priceless thing you carry as you go forth from this special campus is your relationship with Christ and His Church. During the dry periods, stay with Him. Draw even closer to Him as one precious in His eyes! And during the periods of consolation, the joyous days like today, drink deeply. Yes, as you “restore all things to Christ” in the days ahead, know that the Lord is with you always!
Bishop Loverde also referenced Pope Francis during his 2015 Christendom College Commencement remarks. Here are a couple of excerpts:
You know, dear young university students, that we cannot live without facing challenges, without responding to challenges. Whoever does not face challenges, whoever does not take up challenges, is not living (Pope Francis quote: Cf., Homily, at Vespers, 30 November 2013).
Please do not watch life go by from the balcony! Mingle where the challenges are calling you to help carry life and development forward, in the struggle over human dignity, in the fight against poverty, in the battle for values and in the many battles we encounter each day (Pope Francis quote: Cf., Homily, at Vespers, 30 November 2013).
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