When I was a young man, shortly before I left for college, I took some time to really think about the kind of person I wanted to become. At that time, I crafted the first draft of this statement, replete with fancy cursive-looking font.
At various times in my life, I’ve been closer to and much, much further away from being this person. Nevertheless, this is what I value and whom I’ve always strived to be, at least directionally. I rely on prayer, good habits, my friends and family to hold me accountable to these standards.
1. Dedicated Catholic Christian
I am a Catholic Christian who is dedicated to the service, teaching, work and example of Jesus Christ and his Church.
2. Always Seek God’s will
I continually seek to do God’s will.
3. Committed to Growth & Authentic Freedom
I am perpetually dedicated to the development of my mind, body, and spirit in an effort to become a more educated, capable ,and free human being.
4. Attuned to Poverty
I am attuned to the great sense of poverty, injustice, oppression, and hopelessness that pains the lives of so many people. I employ my gifts, talents, resources, and profession in service to others.
5. Grateful for my Gifts
I am grateful for what has been given to me, which I recognize is to be used as a gift for others.
6. Strive for Excellence
I continually strive for excellence in my profession, as I understand it to be a vocation and thereby a means by which I might best serve God and my neighbor.
7. Committed to Diversity
I aim to see the good in all people and welcome diverse perspectives on life, as these perspectives serve to uplift, inspire, and facilitate growth.
8. Committed to Relationships
I value my relationships and am grateful to all of those who have helped me to become the man I am – and the man I will become. I understand that each of us has a deep desire for reciprocated love and I strive to share God’s love with everyone whom I meet and everyone I love.