by Fr. C. John McCloskey III, Priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei
Commencement Address by Fr. McCloskey
Baccalaureate Homily, by Fr. C. John
McCloskey III, June 8, 2002, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, California. "Go
Out Into the Deep" Respice
in nos ("Look at us"). Duc in altum ("Go out into
the deep"). Laxate retia ("Lower your nets for a catch").
Quotes from the speech:
the present moment, the world's only superpower is under attack.
We all are living in a country during a time of war with an enemy
that has been an enemy of Christendom for centuries."
also remember the command of Our Lord, issued from the barque of
Peter: "Go out into the deep." Our apostolic work is an overflow
of our commitment to a life of prayer and sacraments. As you go
forward, go forward to be fishers of men, and remember that the
fish are caught by their heads." See 'Fishing'
for Vocations in Opus Dei by Tammy A. DiNicola.
Articles by Fr. C. John McCloskey, III can be found on his own website
Looking Backwards" by Father John McCloskey -- is one of his
articles -- here are some excerpts:
seminarians now take six years of Latin in addition to a full year
Greek, Hebrew and Arabic. We will convert those Moslems yet!"
might ask how we went from that number [60 million] down to our
40 million. I guess the answer could be, to put it delicately,
consolidation. It is not as bad as it looks. In retrospect it can
that only approximately 10% of the sixty or so were "with the program.
.The rest, as was inevitable, either left the Church, defected to
culture of death, passed away, or in some cases at least for a couple
decades, went to various Christian sects..."
will also note that as a group they are averaging four to five children
per family, which means that over the next few decades we will see
increasing natural growth."
great societal upheavals of the last thirty years have enabled them
see the beauty of our tradition, the gift of authority..."
final short and relatively bloodless conflict produced our Regional
States of North America. The outcome was by no means an ideal solution
it does allow Christians to live in states that recognize the natural
and divine Revelation, the right of free practice of religion, and
marriage, family, and life that reflect the primacy of our Faith."
pray that as Europe survived the barbarian invasions of the so called
Dark Ages, it will survive its own attempted continental suicide
majority of the former Catholic colleges have closed down, been
... the majority of remaining truly Catholic colleges provide strong
curriculum, liberal arts curriculum ..."
millions are schooled at home through a combination of the use of
interactive Internet, cable and satellite television, and good old-fashioned
reading in addition to the traditional one-on-one approach."
has been, as you know, a renaissance in Catholic literature, novels
and poetry which mirror both the quality growth in the Church and
reality of our past hard times over the last twenty years."
Revised: November 16, 2003