Attitude of GRADitude

Interspersed within this issue of The Catholic Post, and especially within our special section honoring jubilarian priests and consecrated women, are the seeds for a pretty good commencement talk.

So cue “Pomp and Circumstance” as we pull out a few quotes that those graduating from elementary schools, high schools, and colleges — indeed all of us — would do well to put into practice.

“Live this day as if it were your last, and be thankful,” writes Jerry Klein in his “”It Seems to Me” column. An attitude of gratitude is also cultivated by Father Luke Spannagel, diocesan director of rural life, who ends his “Callusses and Chalices” column with “Be on the lookout for gifts and blessings that come your way, and don’t forget to say ‘thank you.'”

The jubilarian section is a gold mine of wisdom, particularly in their advice to those pondering a vocation or major decisions. Make prayer a priority in your life, many said.

“Pray, pray, pray and just count on God’s relationship with you and your love for him,” said Sister Julia Moriarty, who is celebrating 70 years of religious life. “Pray to do God’s will. Be not afraid,” adds Sister Mary Sharon Wiertz, OP, marking 60 years. “God is with you always in all ways. Take in his love and spread it everywhere.”

Newly elected Benedictine prioress Sister Sandra Brunenn’s advice fits any graduate planning to go through life striving to follow Christ. “Be ready for an adventure!” she said.

Wherever that adventure takes our graduates next, may they go with God’s protection and guidance, and our congratulations. — Thomas J. Dermody

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