Jonathan and Jordan presented the gifts and Alex was given the opportunity to present Words of Gratitude on behalf of the Class of 2019. 

Quoting a definition of gratitude from Swiss moral philosopher Henri Frederic Amiel, “Gratitude is shown in actions.” Alex remarked. “What a powerful definition. As we gather here today, we too have much to be grateful for.  In a society that champions fame and fortune above all else, Catholic schools remind us that it is our relationship with God that truly matters above all else.  Catholic schools stand as a beacon of hope, educating the leaders of tomorrow. Gratitude is shown through actions. I could speak endlessly about how Catholic schools have radically changed our lives for the better. Yet, to truly show gratitude requires more than words.”

Citing his own Catholic school experience, Alex discussed learning “the true meaning of selflessness, being taught compassion and to never forget the ultimate reason we live each day, taught to me by starting and ending each school day with a prayer.”

In ending his remarks, Alex said, “If there is one thing I would like to say to everyone before we graduate, it is thank you. Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for leading the Catholic schools that provide a ray of light for the future, and for giving us the gift of celebrating Mass here today. Thank you to my teachers; Catholic school teachers are some of the kindest, most selfless individuals I have known. You have shown me how to live. Thank you, parents, for making so many seen and even more unseen sacrifices to send us to Catholic schools. Most of all, I’d like to thank my classmates. Words cannot describe how much you mean to me. You have inspired me more than you will ever know, and for that, I can never repay you.”

Thank you Alex. Well said!