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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Now I've Gone and Done It...

Today my name was one of the 1,010 names called off at the University of St. Thomas to come forward, shake Archbishop Flynn's hand (or in the case of a few of us, kiss his ring!), and receive a form letter "certificate" in a nice folder that says basically: "we don't care what your parents think, you're not getting a diploma until we verify you've met all requirements. When we do that, we'll mail you your diploma in a plain brown envelope just like all those other people who were smarter than you and didn't bother to sit out in the blazing sun for three hours to get this lousy piece of paper"

By the way, Archbishop Flynn was dashingly dressed in episcopal cassock, complete with biretta and whatever that Superman cape is called! (Alas, no photos seem to be online yet.) Is it any wonder that I couldn't resist doing a quickie kneel to kiss that ring? Even though it's sure to have screwed up the photographer's shot of the "event"... sorry, Mom.

Also, I'm proud to say that of everyone in that arena, I was the most American. If having three majors, hence a three tasseled cap, with tassel colors corresponding to the good ole' Stars and Stripes, counts as making one more patriotic that is. (For the record: I had white for Catholic Studies, which seems fitting; scarlet red for Theology, for the martyrdom endured I suppose; and blue for Philosophy, which I haven't really been able to rationalize yet...)

Photos to follow, perhaps. If Mom can figure out how to get them off her camera and e-mail them to me!


Blogger FrB said...

Congratulations! :)

Can't wait to see photos!

May 18, 2008 4:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Congratulations, Adoro!

Does that mean you are a "bachelor" three times over? Will the sisters still take you in that case?

By the way, regarding that wording on your pseudo-diploma that says "We don't care what your parents think, you're not getting a diploma until we verify you've met all requirements."

What it really means is "no diploma until we have collected all the money that you owe us."

In the olden days, having that "pseudo-diploma" was also proof that you showed up at the ceremony which was a requirement for graduation.

May 18, 2008 7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Did you know you can watch your entire ceremony via the UST website?? Any out of town friends can see you and hear your name being called!!
(Go to the UST site, check out the commencement page and see the video streaming link)

May 23, 2008 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...maybe...because philosophy is speculative...and that sounds a lot like seeing...and the sky is the biggest thing out there to see...or maybe the ocean...blue.

May 26, 2008 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh...Ray...this isn't my blog! This is Mary's blog, and you should be congratulating HER, especially because I haven't done anything! LOL!

Mary, Congrats, you remain in my prayers, I hope to see you tomorrow night (planning to head to the Cathedral from work in my frumpy skirt), , and darn it, I'm going to miss you!

May 29, 2008 11:22 PM  

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