Notre Dame News | May 21, 2017
Vice President Pence, Cardinal Farrell, Father Jenkins, Father Boyle, honored guests, parents, siblings, extended family, friends and fellow graduates:
Welcome! In Arabic: Ahlan wa sahlan. In the words of Confucius: 有朋自远方来不亦乐乎 – Is it not a joy to have friends come from afar? We especially welcome everyone who traveled a long way to be here.
Four years ago, I also traveled a long way to come to Notre Dame. I grew up for 18 years in China. When I was 4 months old, my parents moved to China inspired by their faith to work in education. When the time came to leave home, I waved goodbye to my mom in the airport of Lanzhou and I traveled to Notre Dame with two suitcases and a backpack. I wondered what I was getting myself into.
In “The Chronicles of Narnia,” C.S. Lewis tells the story of a girl named Lucy who wondered what was in the back of the wardrobe and stumbled into a world with deeper magic. Lucy encountered the deeper magic through the sacrifice of King Aslan, the lion. Aslan knew the deeper magic that was established at the foundations of the world in Narnia which gave him the power to offer his life in the place of a traitor.
The deeper magic for us is the transformation that happens when we give ourselves in service to others.