Congratulations to graduates! At the University of Notre Dame, Brian Williams gave a wonderful charge to the graduating class. (watch video here, read story here). He mentioned the role of Catholics in the world:
I’ve traveled the world and sadly that means I’ve walked through great destruction,” Williams said. “I’ve seen staggering loss…from Baghdad to Port-au-Prince to New Orleans, Louisiana. Where I’ve come across people suffering and dying, I’ve also found Catholic charities standing right there alongside me, ministering and soothing, helping and healing without regard to self, every one of them a shining, towering example of sacrifice and selflessness. Let’s make that what people think of when they think of the Catholic Church in America and around the world.
He mentioned other crisis that need to be addressed, including violence throughout the world, obesity in the USA, and the ongoing oil spill:
We are staring, make no mistake, at a slow-motion environmental disaster. It will destroy one of the richest wetland estuaries on the planet, and my urgency is because of this: my certainly that this institution, this graduating class, has the brain power to fix it. And now you’ve just been asked.
And probably my favorite part was his notion of patriotism:
The question is, when did we stop trying? 60 million of us are obese; we have a 17-percent poverty rate; and we’ve fallen to ninth now in global rankings of prosperity… We patriots, and I’m not talking about T.V. patriots whose belief is if you say it, loud and often enough, people will think you love your country more than you do. I am talking about those of us ordinary patriots who wake up every day, and love our country, and believe it’s the best place on earth and the best idea on earth. We patriots see the problem and we want to get better. This involves you.