May 22, 2014 / 12:03 pm
Each human person bears the face of Christ and plays a unique role in history, said Catholic scholar Mary Eberstadt, calling a crowd of new college graduates to embrace Pope Francis’ desire for a “new moral movement.”
Noting Pope Francis’ call “to see in every individual before us the face of Jesus Christ or God,” she emphasized to the young men and women graduating that they “are more important than you know.”
An author and Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., Eberstadt has written numerous books and articles exploring topics including American culture, secularization, and the consequences of the sexual revolution.
On May 19, she delivered the commencement address to the 2014 graduates of the Catholic institution Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.
Monsignor C. Anthony Ziccardi, Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Seton Hall, told CNA that Eberstadt gave a “thoughtful and inspiring speech to the baccalaureate graduates.” In his introduction to her speech, he told graduates that she would “not fail to inspire us all to dedicate ourselves more fully to the intelligent and moral shaping of our future.”
In her address, Eberstadt stressed the important place the graduates hold within their families, as well as their important task as “ambassadors of the Judeo-Christian tradition of service to others.”
The 2014 graduates also have an important role to play in the communities they now join after graduation, especially in their call to “see God in every human being,” she said.
In addition, they are part of the broader American society, and have the possibility to contribute to diversity of thought, she added, warning that an “insidious new intolerance now snakes its way into classrooms, boardrooms, newsrooms, and other places vital to the exercise of free speech.” …
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