As I prepare to graduate from seminary in a few months, I want to celebrate my origins.
“There are places I’ll remember / All my life, though some have changed… / In my life, I’ve loved them all.” – The Beatles
I am who I am because of my cracks, and yet I am moving on from a simple “well, I learned” response to my past.
We must integrate the reminders “memento mori” and “memento vivere” in order for us to stay present in “ordinary time.”
The past teaches us important lessons about where we do and do not want to go, but we also need to let go.
May my journey of integrating my past, present, and future serve to inspire and guide you in yours.