The Question Every College-Bound Kid Should be Asking


Lessons on life from
a fictional Russian monk
and "Gaudium et Spes."

Are you, your children or grandchildren preparing for college? As students get ready to  go across the country or across the city, how can they prepare spiritually for the coming school year with all its challenges, opportunities and temptations?

Catherine Ruth Pakaluk, Assistant Professor of Economics at Ave Maria University, has a message for them. Calling selfishness a sickness, she told the graduation class of The Oakcrest School,

“No policy, regime, or system can remedy this sickness. What is needed is conversion, a firm determination to live for others no matter the cost, and strong institutions in which we can lay down our lives to save others. This, after all, is the noblest aspiration of the human heart, and the path chosen by Our Lord who saved us. 

“So, when you decide how to live, will you choose to live for another?  Will you choose self-gift over self-fulfillment? Will you seek out the institutions—marriage, family, Church—that can assist you in these aspirations?”

Her full commencement address is featured in Aletelia.





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About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.
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