I have laughed with you and cried with you (Christie Crawford don't make fun of me) I have been challenged by you and inspired by you. I have prayed with you and listened to you and celebrated the sacraments with you. I hope I have had a positive place in some of your lives and I ask.... no I beg your forgiveness if I have let any of you down in anyway... Please forgive me if there was distance between us and I was inadvertently the cause... Have mercy on me a sinner.
I want to say goodbye to so many but sometimes there just doesn't seem enough of me to go around. Class of 2007 I wish you the very best and keep in touch.
Fr. O'Connell used this poem in his address to the graduating Nursing students I need to read it every day...
DO IT ANYWAY
Written By Mother Theresa
People are often unreasonable, illogical,
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, People may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone
could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough
Give your best anyway.