St Josephs College - Footprints Yearbook (Brooklyn, NY)

 - Class of 1934

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VALEDICTORy I Ills sun-stre.ikcd skv will soon be blotted out b\ the jiiglit Into which we fly. Our eyes, accustomed to the brilliance of a dying sun, have now to know the quiet, far-away lamps of the dark. A sadder illumination. That is what it means to say Good-bye. It is a thouijht tinged with a wonder for a glorious future, a fear for inevitable failures, and an eagerness to know what has been words until now. Will the night be as beautiful as is the fading dav? At first we shall be blinded, but soon there will be the patient dis- covery of all lite ' s lights in the new-found dark. It is not hard to part. Parting is mi.\ed with hope and knowledge of a greater meet- ing and a deeper understanding. When the gate has echoed its last click, we will then begin really to know, and see, and feel the things which have come into our hearts these last four vears. It is life only which will make us understand at last the mistakes of historv, the ideals of religion, the p.itterns of philosophy and the beauty of literature. College has made the book of life more readable, but it is for us to follow in the words which we read. Just as we do not know the beaut) ' of the flower when wc plant the seed, so we cannot begin to realize the marvelous fruit which shall be reaped from the seeds sown here. We know already though that in the darkest of our hearts fear is fleeing from us because of a great hope which was born here. There is a humility in that holy of holies because of the great ones we have known in these happy years. There is a feel- ing of pride too, because we have within us the breath of honor and love and faith which will grow great with time, we pra > ' . The thoughtless happiness of youth now says we have profited here in happiness, and friends, and brilliant hope, but as each new experi- ence calls for a greater will and a deeper knowledge of life ' s values then shall we be surprised to find the strong beaut\- which was planted in a forgotten spring. With life ahead and the realization that college has made life more living, this parting cannot be sad. The last kiss of the child who leaves her mother to become a child of God is not trulv sad. There is for the voung nun a peaceful happiness which will make her love for her dear ones greater because of separation. The petaled prayers of hers will fall night after night for the absent and a strong light will brighten her soul. And death, the only real Good-bye, is the most wondrous of all. The parting one is assured of a glorious reunion, a reunion which will be all perfect. Soon, soon, he will know the stirring beauty of those whose souls he loved. In God ' s heart he shall love them more fully. Thus each separation whispers of something more beautiful in the future because of the past. The sister knows her dear ones now through prayer. The dving man will soon invade the very souls of those he leaves. Now that we too are saying our first Good-bye, we realize that in the future we shall possess an appreciation of this grandeur to a much fuller extent than we do now. In the tear-stained moments which will be ours, a wavering sanctuary flame will be another chapel candle. A " Tantum Ergo " will live again in young voices and the loveli- ness which crept in, unheeded, so long ago, will soothe and make strong. There will be other young faces turned towards a glorious dawn and then we shall know more surely the happiness which was once ours. We shall know, then at last, by what pain we came by the beauty. So we shall not say Good-bye, for we shall see all this again in life ' s sublimest moments. Marthe Quinotte. FOOTPRINTS 1 934

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