Tuesday, June 18, 2013

a whole new world

ESCRH 2012
"Aladdin:  you want to see the world?
Jasmine:  is it safe?
Aladdin:  do you trust me?
Jasmine:  Yes?!"
a few words for my brothers and sisters graduating this year, ... it is a whole new world!  especially for those over at ESCRH!  i have been invited to say the first word at the celebration tomorrow night:  the prayer, of course!  i have been thinking of what to say and remember watching Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo's Commencement Speech a few weeks ago:
looking at his smartphone, he continues ... "When I was your age, we didn't have the Internet in our pants. We didn't even have the Internet not in our pants. That's how bad it was. I sound like my grandfather. 'We didn't have teeth! There were no questions marks, we just had words!'"
although i only have a few seconds, maybe a couple minutes, therefore my fav song from one of my fav Disney Movies:

a whole new world:
  • open your eyes
  • a new fantastic point of view
  • a dazzling place i never knew
  • unbelievable sights
  • indescribable feelings
  • i've come so far i can't go back
  • every turn a surprise
  • new horizons
  • let me share this whole new world with You
  • a wondrous place, for You and me.
  • a fantastic voyage
Aladdin and Jasmine sang it best, and Twitter CEO did ok too.  congrats to you all.  to everyone graduating from one important step of life to another.
"Not only can you not plan the impact you're going to have, you often won't recognize it when you're having it…The impact is what others frame for you and the world after it happens. The present is only what you're experiencing and focused on right now…You cannot draw that path looking forward. You cannot draw any of your paths looking forward. You have to figure out what you love to do, what you have conviction about, and go do that." - Dick Costolo
finally, the first word, and the last, goes to God:
"When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; ..." Lk 12:11 
"When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; ..." Mt 10:19 
"When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit." Mk 13:11


  1. This was amazing. What great references and quotes...keep up the great work Fr Johnathan!

    Those last two scripture quotes were exactly what I needed to hear right now, too. :)

  2. Thanks Mr. C! United in prayer. peace!