Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.” Goethe was right: changes are a part of life and – often – a way to grow.
This past year we have seen many changes: Changes on and around campus, changes in administrative positions and changes to the translation of the Mass. While many of these changes have been beneficial or have opened opportunities to develop, change for its own sake is not necessarily good.
As well-educated students and involved citizens, it is our duty to question change, whether it initially appear good, bad or ugly. We must assess these changes logically, analyzing its sources, motives and possible effects, and we must compare these changes to our beliefs and our rights as citizens of the United States.
But it is not enough merely to analyze and assess: We must act and respond to these changes in whatever way we are able.
In the words of Reinhold Niebuhr: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”