In case you have forgotten, I am Fr Emmanuel Ochigbo. I graduated from High School Seminary in 1998. One day I so much looked forward to was the day of my graduation ceremonies. But guess what: it never came to pass.
There was no coronavirus in 1998, but there was an internal crisis in my school that led to the cancellation of the graduation ceremonies. And do you know what made it worse? I was the valedictorian. My speech was ready, but it never saw the light of day. I was devastated, but it has made me who I am today.
It has taught me to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. It has taught me that God’s plans for me are better than my dreams. It has taught me to “never allow” any single aspect of my life to define the rest of my life. It has taught me and challenged me, not to wait for the light at the end of the tunnel, but to be the light in the tunnel.
My Dear Seniors, and other students and staff of OLP, this current pandemic might have made you angry, frustrated, confused, and fearful of the future. But I challenge you, not to wait for the light at the end of the tunnel, but to be the light in the tunnel. And as you do that, may Almighty God bless you, the Father, + and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
I love you all.