Graduates, heed jubilarians’ advice
Inside this feature-packed issue of The Catholic Post is hidden a wonderful commencement speech for Catholics graduating from high schools and colleges this month. Our special section profiling priests, deacons, and consecrated men and women marking major anniversary years alone contains a treasure trove of advice.
We hope all of our readers will dig for it and spend time getting to know and recognize these heroes of our diocese. Meanwhile, here are a few nuggets of wisdom we’ve culled from their quotes.
“Keep asking yourself, ‘What is God asking me to do with my life?’ Think of your gifts and how you can use them for the Lord’s service.” — Sister Dominic Dybel, OSF, who formerly taught at Peru Catholic School
“God works with us. If only people realized that, if we only put our trust in him. You’ve got to persevere.” — Msgr. Ernie Pizzamiglio, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Galesburg
“Be faithful to daily prayer.” — Sister Rita Louuise Huebner, CSJ, former teacher at St. Mary’s Cathedral School, Peoria
“Do not be afraid! God will give you whatever graces you need to respond to and follow His call in your life.” — Sister M. Margaret Gibbons, FSGM, former teacher at St. Matthew School, Champaign
We will add some advice of our own. “Always say thank you.” We encourage readers to do just that by selecting a jubilarian or a retiring priest featured in this issue and sending a note of appreciation. Their addresses are provided. — Thomas J. Dermody