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Thanks, Jesuits

A Gonzaga University student called the other night asking for a contribution to the university. I always say “yes.”  I donate money not because I am wealthy - I am not - but because I am grateful. A college education should be the right of anyone who wants it, but it is a privilege.

I asked that my modest contribution go into the scholarship fund for students who wish to attend the Gonzaga-in-Florence program, but need financial assistance. That amazing year of my education taught me to look at the world and at myself with new perceptions.

This week the Ukraine is blowing up and suspicion was a guest at the Sochi Olympics. Venezuela has its own drama, but that drama is underplayed by the media. Having seen a bit of the world beyond my own country, I feel international news is always news from home. And whatever our gifts, we must use them to bring healing and hope to the world.

Thanks, Gonzaga, for the education. I am grateful. Keep the calls coming.

(S-R archive photo: Gonzaga University)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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