Congratulations Tony Dorhauer. My 7th child will earn his high school diploma tonight – our third and final from St. John Vianney High School. I would love to tell you it was all wine, song and roses during his tenure at Vianney but I would not be telling the truth. Bad grades you ask? Nope, just the opposite. Tony is a very intelligent young man. Loner – didn’t do sports or extracurricular activities? Nope, played soccer for two years, track for one year, wrestled 4 years, captain of the wrestling team his senior year, managed teams for basketball, soccer and lacrosse. Rebel, fighting the ways of the Catholic tradition? Nope, as a matter of fact, still serves Mass at St. Mary Magdalen. So, you ask, smart kid, athletic outgoing kid, “holy” kid – what’s the problem? To be honest, Tony is very independent and strong and once he has a thought in head that defines what he believes to be right and wrong, ain’t no one in the world gonna change that – especially faculty and or staff at the V High. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been called by either my wife or Vianney to tell me that “you need to talk to Tony about…” About what? One teacher kicked him out of class because he was given a reading assignment to which he boldly proclaimed in a loud enough voice for his teacher to hear – “I ain’t reading that.” He got kicked out of class for standing up for another student in an argument in class where he said “they were all against the fellow student and I wasn’t going to let that happen”. He got in trouble for missing class (or maybe just being late) because he was in the gym burning calories in order to make weight for the wrestling match that night. (Sorry Tony, that one I ain’t gonna back you on). And so it goes. Even last night as we were walking into the Baccalaureate Mass at St. Peters in Kirkwood he was approached by the Dean of Students and told to shave before coming to graduation tomorrow – he was not happy about that.
Enough examples – let me just say this to that. Tony is a very good young man who has done much over these past 18 years to make me proud of him. He is strong in his faith (although I wish he would participate more at Mass), he is intelligent, good looking, witty and emotional. Sometimes it’s not obvious to those who know him – sometimes it’s not obvious to those who do – but Tony is a very good person. I expect him to do great things and I am excited about the future for Tony.
Tony – you’ve been baptized, received communion and confirmed. Now you are a high school graduate. Now is the time. Now is the time to take charge of your life. Now is the time to do something great for our Lord. Live by His commandments and know that God chose you. Accept God’s love into your life and live your life to the fullest. You will not be measured by what you do for Tony but by what you do for God. Accept all the challenges with an open heart and know that life will have it’s ups and down’s. When you’re down, be steadfast and know that you have the strength to carry on. When you’re up, make sure to take time to look at that “scenic view” and thank God for all of his blessings. My hyper link is dedicated to you Tony. Take heed of this advice from Job.
May God bless you Tony – now do something great for our Lord today.
God’s will, not mine be done.
Be not afraid.
Jesus, I trust in You.