Graduates told to let their lights shine

Staff photo by Fritz Busch Cathedral High School graduates of 2019 throw their mortar boards into the air and celebrate after graduating at The Church of St. Mary Sunday afternoon.

NEW ULM — Bishop John M. LeVoir told 25 Cathedral High School graduates Sunday to let their lights shine, share the life and work of Jesus Christ on the modern world which needs it badly.

“Live the gospel and share it with others,” LeVoir said in his address. “Radiate the joy of the gospel. Jesus taught you to bring forth the good news. Show your faith and be willing to share it.”

“Evangelism is so important,” LeVoir added. “Jesus always makes our lives better. He continues his work on earth through us. Jesus spoke the words of God.”

In her commencement address, Cathedral High School English teacher Ann Moeller thanked students for setting an example of spirituality, humility, self-respect and humbleness.

“The light of Jesus Christ is yours and will light your way,” Moeller said.

She urged graduates to make good use of their attention and reflect on goals, morals and ethical decisions.

Moeller quoted economist Herbert Simon who said 50 years ago “as information becomes abundant, attention becomes the scarce resource. There is an inversion of information and attention.”

“Spread your light for the light of the world. Don’t let the wrong things stay in your light. Pray often, listen and know that God is there to guide you,” Moeller said.

Graduate Mark John Paul Schommer was salutatorian and received the Lumen Christi Award. Heidi Lee Hoffman was valedictorian and gave the farewell address.

“We’ve come a long way, but we’ve still got a long way to go. This is not the end, but the beginning,” Hoffman said. “It’s the start of your new lives that are about to begin. It’s time to make a leap of faith.”

She said school taught her to work together including group projects and athletic teams, learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

“I always felt a part of something, getting that little extra push that was needed,” Hoffman said. “Then there are very hard good-byes. We know that growth occurs only after we made a mistake.”

She said life is a whole lot better with friends by your side.

“Live every day like it’s your last one,” Hoffman said. “Remember country roads take you home to the place where you belong. If you really want to fly, follow your passion. Everybody has one.”

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.

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