The Role of Catholic Education
The prophetic words of Pope Paul VI ring as true today
as they did more than thirty years ago:
"Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers,
and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.
" What educators do and how they act are more significant than what they say
– inside and outside the classroom.
This is how the Church evangelizes.
"The more completely an educator can give concrete witness
to the model of the ideal person [Christ] that is being presented to the students,
the more this ideal will be believed and imitated."
God, our Father, I thank you for the gift of my children
and for the privilege and responsibility of being a parent,
for this is my way of holiness.
May I regard each of my children as a sacred pledge of Your love
and a beautiful sign of Your confidence in me.
Help me to pass on to my children our greatest treasures
- faith in Your truths, hope in Your goodness,
love in Your name for all. I entrust my children to Your loving care.
Banish from our home any bitterness or lack of forgiveness.
Let us have time, deep concern, and a sense of sacrifice for one another.
Teach us never to be ashamed that we are , in name and in fact,
a Catholic family striving to live in the way of Jesus,
Who is head of our home.
Give us Your Holy Spirit to unite us throughout this life
and let the circle of our family be unbroken
in the Kingdom of Your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Where is God when we suffer
"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." (Mother Teresa)
"In a society where Christianity seems absent from social life and the faith relegated to the private sphere, access to religious values becomes more difficult, especially for the poor and the young.”
(Pope John Paul II, Address to Pontifical Commission for Culture, March 1997).
"Success is not one of the names of God." (Old proverb)