+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
I want to talk about vocations today, especially to the young people in the audience, but I want to do it in a roundabout way. So I hope you’ll bear with me. I also need to express my gratitude for this award. I don’t deserve it, but I’m happy to have it for two reasons. First, because it comes from a university whose courage and fidelity I greatly admire. And second, because it gives me a reason to spend time with you.
Time - Time - Matters - Life - Year
Time is precious. Time matters. It matters because we really have so little of it in any life, and if we misuse it, we never get it back. I’ll be 75 this year, so I’m old. Many of you here tonight are young. In a sense, I’m already the past. You’re the present. Time and experience separate us. But when we listen to and learn from each other, we make a future for the Gospel by using our time well together in the world.
Part of using our time well is seeking to understand the time and the lives that came before us. History is simply a record of time past. I love history. Every Catholic should love history because the Church has shaped so much of it. History matters because it grounds us. It gives us a firm place to stand and make sense of the world. History is to peoples and communities as memory is to each of us as persons. Without a memory we have no identity, no past and no direction for the future. Which means that others will tell us our history, and who we are, and what our future should be. And some of those “others” unfortunately see the Gospel and the Church and those of us who are believers...
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