As I look at the difficulties of adulthood, I am also aware that our young people face many problems of their own. These problems may be different than what adults are facing, but they are real nonetheless. Anxiety about making friends, getting good grades, making a sports team, dealing with dysfunction at home, and a myriad of other scenarios are present for many young people. Some may face more serious challenges because they live in high crime areas with a lot of violence, drugs, gangs, etc. Some children experience abuse at home. All of these factors impact a child immensely.
While we strive to create environments in our schools that are conducive to learning, we recognize that there are many external factors beyond our control that impact the effectiveness of our outreach. It is true that we are unable to "fix" all of these difficult circumstances, but we will do our best to create a school culture that fosters success. If we are able to encourage and motivate our young people even in the midst of dysfunction, we provide them with an opportunity to grow and thrive despite the circumstances.
Whether you are young or old, or somewhere in between, if you are struggling with life, find a trusted adult who can walk with you during the difficult times. Seek professional help if necessary. Life is precious, and it can also be quite fragile at different points in time. You don't have to bear the pain alone.
How is your prayer life affected when you are going through tough times?
Do you have a favorite saint that inspires you during rough patches of life?
Do you find comfort in the Sacraments of the Church during tough times?
Today, I want to give you a "High Five For Good Work" in living your best life!