In all seriousness, the marvel of God's creation is magnificent. We are truly blessed to have such amazing beauty surrounding us.
As we continue to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, I am grateful for all of the good teachers I had in my life through the years--both in Catholic and public schools. They taught me how to think, analyze, and apply knowledge in real-life situations. As I watch and listen to public discourse today, I realize that I was very fortunate to have such good people in my life.
The light of learning is essential if we are to grow as individuals and as a society. This is true in our faith journey as well. How can we expect to grow in love with God if we do not know God? Make the time to keep growing in your knowledge of the faith.
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I saw an article on the internet this morning with the title, "How Pelosi Won the Shutdown Battle." Look at how clearly the title states that the politicians do not work for the people. It appears that they work for themselves in their lust for power. "How Pelosi Won!" I realize that some will think she won for the sake of the people. Sadly, after following politics for a few decades, I have a more skeptical viewpoint of the situation. It is about the power.
Unfortunately, the people of the country are the ones who pay the price for childish antics from our political leaders. There is no common ground. It is all about winners and losers in staged confrontations playing to the media.
Due to decades of indoctrination by Hollywood elitists and higher institutions of learning, the ability of people to utilize logic and philosophical thought in our quest for meaning and purpose has been greatly diminished. Specific causes are now simply rammed down our throats. Respectful dialogue seems to be a thing of the past. Today, it seems that the winners are whoever can get the most "retweets."
Whether you lean to the left or to the right in your political viewpoints, do you not think it should be possible to find middle ground once in a while? Does it really have to be all or nothing? In my opinion, our nation will eventually collapse like so many great nations before us if we continue down this road. Those who do not know and understand history are doomed to repeat it.
As we celebrate the value of a good education during Catholic Schools Week, I would like to offer a word of gratitude and encouragement to all of the administrators and faculty members of our Catholic schools at all levels. You have the potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of the students entrusted to your care. Please respect that privilege by giving the students your best. Teach them facts and broaden their horizons with an abundance of knowledge. More importantly, teach them to think and analyze information so they can effectively apply their knowledge. Teach them about the greater aspects of life. Help them understand the wonder of being a child of God. Celebrate faith with them. Pray with them and for them. Be a role model for them. Lead them to sanctity.
To all administrators, faculty members, support staff, and volunteers--thank you for your commitment to Catholic education.