Philip Rivers, quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, gave students in Catholic University of America’s graduating class a Latin phrase to remember, Nunc Coepi or “Now I begin,” according to Breitbart News.
Addressing members of the class of 2014 from the steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Rivers said that, “No matter where one is on his or her faith journey, it is fitting to say Nunc Coepi.”
Rivers’ commencement address, in part, reads:
I want to share a Latin phrase with you that is very special to me, and that I think we all can and should apply to our everyday lives. I felt so strongly about this phrase, we adopted it as a team, and had it on t-shirts and on the walls throughout our practice facility. It is a Latin phrase. Nunc Coepi. Now I begin. In our prayer, in our habits, in our relationships, in our profession. It is applicable to everything. Nunc Coepi (Now I begin). Whether you made a bad grade or didn’t do so well on a project. You must begin again. When I have a bad play or a good play, whether I throw a touchdown or an interception, I must begin again. Nunc Coepi….it certainly applies to you graduates who now are beginning the next chapter in your lives. You now begin. But this is ongoing. You begin again, and again and again. You never give up. Nunc Coepi.
…My faith is the most important thing in my life. I was an altar boy as a child. I cherished the opportunity to be that close and involved in the celebration of the Eucharist. The one very basic fundamental of our faith that was instilled in me as a young boy from my parents, was to never miss Mass on Sunday. This was so instilled and lived out by our family as I was growing up, that when I got to college and was officially on my own, missing Mass was not an option.
My faith truly became my own during this time. I was married in college, had my oldest daughter, and started to build a family centered on Christ, and our Catholic faith. We strive to raise our children to know, love and serve God. Staying in the state of grace and receiving the sacraments allows us, all of us, to better live out our faith…
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