I found the following on a piece of paper as I was cleaning my room. It was a handwritten note in blue ink. It was the introduction to the baccalaureate mass for the graduating high school class of 1997. Ten years. Has it really been that long a time already?
As I read, the words come back to me as if it were a stranger who said these words, full of passion, conviction and yes, hope.
“Graduation day, is a time to recall. It is a time to look back and at the same time the appropriate moment to move onwards to the fulfillment of a promise of a brighter tomorrow. Our dreams which have always been an integral part of each and every one of us now long for a better future.
My dear friends, mentors, brothers and sisters in Christ as we celebrate this momentous occasion in the season of Easter, let us be reminded of one thing in particular…hope.
The message of Easter is very significant as it is clear. Through Christ’s passion, death and resurrection He has redeemed us all. By His ultimate act of love and mercy, He has given us a chance at a new life, a new beginning.
Now as graduating students, we are to face such challenges and rebirth. Dying in ourselves for another’s sake, unselfish individuals we have become. United as one in faith, the many trials and tribulations that came along our way, we faced and triumphed.
Now the time has come for us to live as Christ lived, each with a mission in life, each with an important task to do united in spirit for the greater glory of God’s name.
Friends, as we now prepare ourselves for the Eucharistic Celebration, let us be filled with the holy presence the risen Lord, Mary our dear mother and our Lady of the Assumption, our alma mater as we sing the opening hymn…”
reposted from my old blog dated April 17, 2007