The World Is Not Your Oyster


This is the commencement at a small Catholic college I know a little about, John Paul the Great — I have friends who teach there. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Father Andy Younan, downed pints and whiskey with him at the local pub, and talked Tolkien with him in his class. To him, I’m the guy who talks Heidegger. Still, this was a bit of a surprise. I think this is the kind of commencement address conservatives could like. It works to reveal the possibility that your experience might break you. That is where he begins to describe the longing for God.

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  1. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat

    Wow – what a story to wake up to, literally and figuratively. I can’t imagine that commencement being spoken at Harvard Theological School. You don’t even hear that message in many churches these days.  You know the guy and downed whiskey with him? I seem to remember Titus, from past posts and comments that you are Agnostic? That would have been one interesting lunch! Thank you for sharing this terrific story and video.

    PS I look forward to viewing your lecture later today when I get back from work – thanks for including the link!

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  2. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera

    Hello, FSC! Glad to have occasioned the surprise. Father Andy’s a hoot! Also puts the hoot in hootenanny–Irish ballads or some such on mandolin… The legend grows.

    Me, I’m a Christian same as anyone–confessing Christ, that is–but I’m also full of the skepticism of the philosophers. It’s tricky, but not agnostic.

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  3. Manny Member

    I enjoyed that.  Thanks.

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  4. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera

    My pleasure!

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  5. Hammer, The Member
    Hammer, The

    “Let it be a failure that brings wisdom.”

    I like that a lot.

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