A contingent of the family including all our children have converged on Thomas Aquinas College near Santa Paula California for the graduation of our son Thomas.
At last nights taco dinner on campus, we were treated to a typically lovely sunset over this very beautiful campus in the surrounding mountains.
Bishop Robert Barron both preached the homily at mass and gave the commencement speech. It was as excellent as you would imagine.
I made a furtive attempt to record some of the gorgeous music sung at mass today, but it didn’t come out. You’ll just have to imagine a beautiful mass in Thomas Aquinas College’s beautiful chapel. I was getting tears in my eyes. A beautiful mass celebrated in a beautiful church is the apex of western art, and indeed of Western culture.
Now comes the bittersweet moments when family and friends mill around and our new graduate packed up his stuff for the last time. We will gather at a nearby beach in Ventura, then drive home. On Wednesday we fly to the East Coast for our younger daughter’s graduation. It will then be my wife, our 15-year-old son, and me left at home.
Our children make us very happy.